Nick Ball eyes dream Anfield fight after winning boxing world title amid Steven Gerrard support

Nick Ball pictured with Frank Warren, founder of Queensbury Promotions, after beating Raymond Ford for the WBA World Featherweight belt.
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Liverpool boxer Nick Ball was crowned WBA world featherweight champion after a split-decision win over Raymond Ford.

The Kirkby-born orthodox fighter bounced back from his controversial draw with Rey Vargas, in March, to beat the American at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh. Ball was one of the main bouts on a packed card which saw famous promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren combine to make the 5v5 card.

Two officials scored the bout 115-113 in Ball's favour with one judge awarding the fight to Ford by the same margin. Ball's tenacity and relentless aggression was on display as his win scored a point in Queensberry Promotion's favour in a 10-0 whitewash over Hearn's Matchroom Boxing stable.

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Ball became the latest fighter from the region to etch themselves in boxing history becoming a world champion. The 27-year-old felt that he should've had two belts over his shoulders after the win in the Middle East, following the controversial decision for the WBC world featherweight belt, but was left pleased to come out on top against a previously unbeaten fighter.

He said: "He's a tough man and a class boxer. I had to dig deep to get the belt. I'm made up. I should be two-time [champion] but it's not the case. I'm the champ now so it doesn't really matter."

What comes next for the 5ft 2in fighter remains to be seen, after moving 20-0 (11 KOs). Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard offered his support ahead of the fight with Ford and speaking to the ECHO in the build-up, Ball admitted that it would be a dream to step foot in the ring at Anfield.

“It would be great. It would be unbelievable. Every boxer from Liverpool who supports Liverpool, that would be a dream. It hasn’t happened for many years, so to bring it back and do it again would be unbelievable."