Joe Ward has been told the next 12 months are “crucial” after he signed a co-promotional deal with Probellum and DiBella Entertainment.

"I'm excited to be working with Probellum, I think with their global reach they are a great addition to my team,” said ‘Mighty’ Joe Ward (6-1).

“Lou DiBella has done a great job building my career in the US but I believe that Probellum will really help to build my name internationally. I'm looking forward to a bright future, with a strong team behind me."

The 28-year-old is ready to give his professional career a major shot in the arm having fought just seven times since 2019, mainly due to a severe knee injury suffered on his professional debut. 

"As former Irish Olympians go, Joe Ward is one of the best and undoubtedly one of the must-watch prospects in the light-heavyweight division," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.

"Since the devastating injury on his pro debut, Joe's comeback has been extraordinary and he's at full strength.

“2022 will be a year of growth where he can establish his credentials as a championship contender and with Probellum's help, I expect Joe to fight more often on the world stage."

Ward is one of the most decorated amateurs in Irish history, winning three gold medals at European Amateur Championships, as well as two silvers and a bronze at World Amateur Championships. 

The light-heavyweight also boxed for his country at the 2016 Rio Olympics but Ward is determined to make up for lost time and transfer his incredible international amateur pedigree to the pro ranks.