Pic: Joe Ward opened up a fair wound on his Russian opponent’s head today 9 years ago

Pic: Joe Ward opened up a fair wound on his Russian opponent’s head today

On his way to guaranteeing himself a medal at the World Championships, Joe Ward left his mark on Nikita Ivanov.

It was a mixed day for the Irish lads over in Almaty today. It started off great, with Donegal’s Jason Quigley guaranteeing himself at least a bronze medal after he defeated Zoltan Harcsa in his middleweight quarter-final. That’s now 31 consecutive wins in the ring for Quigley, and two more will make him a world champion.

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Things then took a turn for the worse as Michael Conlon, Tommy McCarthy and Paddy Barnes all lost their quarter-final bouts, and it is a measure of our standing in the sport that we are bitterly disappointed with last eight defeats these days.

Finally, the day ended on a high as light-heavyweight Joe Ward stopped his foe Nikita Ivanov inside the opening round, leaving a big gash over the defeated Russian’s left eye (below).

The win also guaranteed the Moate boxer, who is still only 19, at least a bronze medal at these championships and he will fight reigning champ  Julio Peraza of Cuba in the semi-final on Friday.

Nikita Ivanov with a blood injury 23/10/2013

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