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Ireland's Joe Ward makes history and guarantees at least a bronze after World Championships win

The 23-year-old is looking to go one better than in 2015 when he took home the silver medal in Doha.

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JOE WARD IS guaranteed a place on the podium at this year’s World Championships in Hamburg after booking a semi-final berth in the light heavyweight division.

The 23-year-old, who claimed silver at the 2015 edition in Doha and a bronze two years earlier in Almaty, is now assured of his third World’s medal, becoming the first ever Irish male fighter to reach such a tally.

Ward, who is the reigning European champion and the last Irishman left in the competition, got the better of Mikhail Dauhaliavets in his Tuesday quarter-final.

The Westmeath native had already faced and beat the Belarussian twice before and made no mistake once again as he took the bout by unanimous decision.

Ward will take on Bektemir Melikuziev from Uzbekistan in his semi-final on Friday

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