What was supposed to be a dream pro boxing debut for Joe Ward turned into a nightmare at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
The 25-year-old from Moate, one of Ireland's most successful amateur boxers, faced American Marco Delgado on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs Sergiy Derevyanchenko fight.
A minute into the second round, Ward took a step back to avoid a punch from Delgado and dislocated his left knee.
Promoter @loudibella says he won’t seek to have the bout ruled a no-contest. Ward’s kneecap was dislocated and popped back in by ringside doctor and they’ll hope he recovers sooner rather than later. Plan was to have him back in there in 3 weeks.
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) October 5, 2019
He was attended to by the ringside doctor who popped the kneecap back into place. With help, Ward was able to leave the arena on his feet.
The fight will go down as a TKO victory for Delgado.
Ward suffered a similar injury during the 2013 European Championships in Minsk.
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