Ward to help with ‘The Wolf’s’ battles

MICKY WARD, the former world champion whose life was portrayed in the Oscar winning movie “The Fighter” has been brought in by Corkman Gary Hyde to train his light welterweight sensation, Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava.

Ghvamichava who hails from Georgia and now lives in Belfast won six senior titles as an amateur in his native country and is a former European silver medallist.

In 2011, Ghvamichava won all six of his pro fights and he is already fighting in scheduled eight-round bouts. His last fight was in Scotland in October when he knocked out the former European and Italian champion, Guiuseppe Lauria (51-8, 32 KO’s) in the second round.

Hyde, who heads up “Nowhere To Hyde” created something of a sensation when he brought a string of former world amateur champions out of Cuba and he has hit the headlines once again by signing up Ward.

“I am delighted we have Micky Ward on board,” he said. “He has a lot of valuable experience to share with Levan, whose style of fighting is very similar to Micky’s. Levan is a throwback fighter who loves nothing more than going into the trenches — just like his new coach — and fighting toe-to-toe. Micky has been approached by a lot of fighters who wanted the benefit of his coaching and experience, so I am very happy that he has chosen to work with us.

“Levan is a six-time Georgian senior champion, European silver medallist, and one of the leading 140-pound division amateur fighters in the world the past few years. I have been in talks with some of the leading promoters in the United States who are very keen on signing him.

“Micky will bring more than his vast knowledge of boxing to the team. He is a legend and a big star who will attract a lot of interest. I was always a big fan of his and when I travelled to Lowell to meet him recently I found him to be a smashing guy. I did not have any great difficulty getting him interested. I told him that, in Levan, I had a gift wrapped talent who is going to make big noise in the US. I am looking forward to bring Micky back to Ireland for the training camps so the Irish public can link in to him too.”

War is also delighted with the arrangement which brings him back into the limelight.

“I’m looking forward to working with Levan and Gary,” he said. “Levan looks like a talented fighter with a very, very bright future. We’ll get him good sparring at my gym (Chelmsford, MA), as well as the West End Gym in Lowell, and also take him to some gyms in Boston. There are a lot of young fighters around here who will be good sparring partners for Levan.”

Hyde also manages a stable of other undefeated fighters such as WBA Interim Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs) who fights for the world title at the end of this month, undefeated British welterweight prospect Mark Heffron (5-0, 4 KOs) and light middleweight Dee “Wealthy” Walsh (1-0).

Hyde plans to sign more fighters in 2012 and make Lowell his Stateside base.

He has, however, parted company with Willie “Big Bang” Casey. The Limerick southpaw, who has relocated to Belfast in his bid to reclaim the European super bantamweight title, will manage his own affairs. He vacated the European title to challenge Rigondeaux for the world title at City West last March. He was subsequently managed for a time by Hyde but they recently parted company by mutual agreement.

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