Joe Ward has been confirmed as one the participants in the light heavyweight category for this year’s AIBA Pro Boxing.
Ward won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Almaty, following up on a European title a year previous.
The APB Pro Boxing offers the top two fighters in each weight category an automatic spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“It really attracted me because of the Olympic Games qualification"
Ward told eastsideboxing.com: “I did very well in the World Series of Boxing (WSB). I liked it in WSB, the style of the longer rounds and way of operating without vests.
“It really attracted me because of the Olympic Games qualification, which was the main reason I was really interested because it’s something new, offering an Olympic Games spot."