Light heavyweight prospect Joe Ward is making a training switch.
Ward was trained by Hall of Famer Buddy McGirt for his pro debut, but is now going to align with trainer Joey Gamache, who last September was in the corner for Otto Wallin when he nearly upset Tyson Fury in Las Vegas.
Gamanche, a former world champion, was a student of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. Fury recently hired Steward's nephew, Sugarhill Steward, as head trainer.
Ward made his debut last October, but saw the contest stopped in the second round when he suffered a serious knee injury. A second fight was scheduled for March 14, but it was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Ward explained that he's learning a lot of new skills and techniques from Gamache.
“Joey’s a really nice man and I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym now, keep training and hopefully the opportunities will come again pretty soon. It’s great to be back anyway and things have gone really well. I’ve a really good team, very supportive, and they’ve backed me from the start," Ward told Sun Sport.
“They are positive that things will pick up again and we’re going to have a nice busy year ahead of us. The sparring was going really good and I was looking really sharp in camp. I was really sitting down on my punches and feeling the effect of the power.
“And the new coach as well, Joey Gamache, he’s come on board so I’ve adapted to a few things that he’s showed me. And I’ve still got the great Jimmy Payne who was there from the start, giving me his expertise and guiding me the right way."