Joe Ward (boxer)

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Joe Ward
Real name Joseph Ward
Weight(s) Light-Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.86 m)
Nationality Irish
Born (1993-10-30) 30 October 1993 (age 23)
Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland
Stance Southpaw

Joe Ward (born 30 October 1993) is an Irish amateur boxer from Moate, Westmeath.[1] He competes at Light-Heavyweight.

Amateur career[edit]

2009 | World Junior Championships[edit]

Ward won his first major gold medal in 2009, at the World Junior Championships in Yerevan, Armenia. Ward defeated Armenian fighter Hayk Khachatryan in the Light-Middleweight final.[2]


  • Kazakhstan Denis Rybak: Won - RSC (3rd round)
  • Russia Rustam Musaadzhiyev: Won - RSC (2nd round)
  • Uzbekistan Ravshanjon Abdunazarov: Won - PTS (12:2)
  • Armenia Hayk Khachatryan: Won - RSC (3rd round)

2010 | World Youth Championships[edit]

In May 2010, Ward won his second World title at the World Youth Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. He defeated Australia's Damien Hooper in the final, this time at Middleweight.[3]


  • Albania Bekim Vjerdha: Won - RSC (2nd round)
  • Cuba Frank Sanchez: Won - PTS (8:1)
  • Russia Kazim Eneyev: Won - PTS (9:6)
  • Colombia Leonardo Carrillo: Won - PTS (11:3)
  • Australia Damien Hooper: Won - PTS (6:1)

2011 | European Amateur Championships[edit]

At the 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Ankara, Ward secured at least a silver medal after victory over Imre Szellő of Hungary in the semi-finals.[4][5] Ward then met Nikita Ivanov in the Light-Heavyweight final, where he took the gold medal after a 20-12 victory over the Russian.[6][7]


  • Estonia Ainar Karlson: Won - PTS (10:7)
  • Italy Simone Fiori: Won - PTS (15:13)
  • Hungary Imre Szello: Won - PTS (18:8)
  • Russia Nikita Ivanov: Won - PTS (20:12)

2013 | World Amateur Championships[edit]

In October 2013, at 19 years of age, Ward won a bronze medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Almaty. Ward lost to title holder, 2011 World Champion Julio César la Cruz in the semi final. The Cuban went on to retain his title with a gold medal in the final.[8][9]


  • Poland Mateusz Tryc: Won - PTS (3:0)
  • Hungary Norbert Harcsa: Won - PTS (3:0)
  • Russia Nikita Ivanov: Won - PTS (3:0)
  • Cuba Julio César La Cruz: Lost - PTS (0:3)

2015 | European Amateur Championships[edit]

Ward won his second European gold in Samokov, Bulgaria in August. Despite an accidental clash of heads opening up a small cut above Ward’s left eye, he continued a stylish performance to seal victory over Dutch fighter Peter Mullenberg in the final.[10]


  • Russia Idris Shakhmanov: Won - PTS (3:0)
  • Georgia (country) Nikoloz Sekhniashvili: Won - PTS (3:0)
  • Belarus Mikhail Dauhaliavets: Won - PTS (3:0)
  • Croatia Hrvoje Sep: Won - PTS (3:0)
  • Netherlands Peter Mullenberg: Won - PTS (3:0)

2015 | World Amateur Championships[edit]

In October, Ward returned to the World Championships, this time in Doha. Ward made it to the final but missed out on gold when he once again met world champion Julio César La Cruz. The '2015 AIBA World Boxer of the Year'[11] made it three consecutive world championships despite a brave performance from Ward - five years his junior.[12]



  1. ^ "Ward claims European bronze with the chance of better to come". West Meath Independent. 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ward crowned World Junior champion". RTÉ Sport. 30 May 2011. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Joe Ward wins gold for Ireland in Baku". RTÉ Sport. 3 May 2011. Archived from the original on 6 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Moylette and Ward guaranteed silver medals". RTÉ Sport. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Irish duo looking to turn bronze into silver". Irish Times. 23 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Moylette, Ward claim golds in Turkey". Irish Times. 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Moylette and Ward win European boxing golds". RTÉ Sport. 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 26 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jason Quigley to box for gold but Joe Ward beaten at Worlds". Irish Independent. 25 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Quigley and Ward return with World Championship medals". Irish Examiner. 27 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Boxers Michael Conlan, Joe Ward take gold". Irish Times. 16 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "'I showed I can mix it with the best' - Silver for Joe Ward as classy Julio Cesar La Cruz proves a step too far". Irish Independent. 15 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Joe Ward has to settle for silver in Doha". Irish Times. 15 October 2015.