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Sunday 8 December 2019

Ward gets crowd support in NY

Setback: Joe Ward. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA via Sportsfile
Setback: Joe Ward. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA via Sportsfile

Joe Ward earned a huge round of applause from boxing fans at New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday night after returning to the venue on crutches to thank them for their support.

The Irish southpaw will have an MRI scan on a dislocated left knee cap in New York today after suffering the freak injury on his pro debut just under one minute into the second round against California's Marcus Delgado at the Garden on Saturday.

The Westmeath light-heavy, who won the first round against the American, went down after Delgado appeared to step on his foot and Ward fell backwards avoiding a punch.

The full extent of the damage was evident when the Rio 2016 Olympian was on the floor as his left knee had already swollen up and a doctor popped his kneecap back in with Ward in agony on the canvas.

The injury is similar to the one Ward picked up at the 2013 Europeans in Minsk where the Irishman twisted his left knee against Poland's Mateusz Tryc.

The 25-year-old was taken to Bellevue Hospital after the fight but checked himself out after receiving treatment at the Manhattan facility to return to the Garden to thank his fans.

Delgado was adjudged to have won the bout on a TKO but Ward's Times Square Boxing team in New York are appealing that decision and want the fight declared a no contest.

"We are going to see a specialist tomorrow and get an MRI scan. He dislocated his knee cap," said Joe Winters who runs Times Square Boxing with Adam Glenn.

"Also, we think we're going to be successful getting the Commission overturning (the decision), that it's a no contest. We're going to work on that. Definitely putting in an appeal.

"I tell you what the kid did. He checked himself out of the hospital and he came back to the arena and thanked all the fans for coming. He came back on crutches and he got a big applause."

Ward was due to fight in Belgium on October 19 but that fight is now off. Ward and Delgado met on the Gennady Golovkin versus Sergiy Derevyanchenko undercard. Golovkin won the IBF World middleweight title fight on points.

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