IRELAND’S light-heavyweight Joe Ward defeated Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khyzhniak on the fourth day of the World championships in Doha. Ward, a highly successful international despite his young age (he’s still only 22), won 29-28 for all three judges.
Albert Selimov, once Russian who now boxes for Azerbaijan, took a split decision against Irish lightweight Sean McComb.
British super-heavyweight Joe Joyce overcame Morocco’s Mohammed Arjaoui by unanimous decision. GB 52kgs Muhammad Ali took a highly impressive victory over experience Italian Vincenzo Picardo, winning a split decision. Welsh lightweight Joe Cordina took a wide unanimous win over North Korea’s Choi Guk Kwon. British 69kgs Josh Kelly also took a clear unanimous victory over New Zealand’s Joshua Nyika.