PEEJ.., Ward challenged Froch right after Froch beat Kessler.. He said he would be happy to fight Froch in England. Froch didn’t want to fight him.
Now that Froch is signed to fight somebody else? Yeah.. Now he’ll fight.
But when they put a contract in front of Carl — he won’t sign. GuaranteedPosted November 1, 2013 7:28 pm
Stop hating mayweather I’m shore half of you pricks had canelo winning the last fight he could fight klistchko and win and you guys would still say he’s picking damn give the man his props JesusPosted October 31, 2013 7:00 pm
ward will never fight in the uk.as they have drug testing there.Posted October 31, 2013 4:27 pm
Actually I just found out Carl Froch said today that he is keen to avenge the Ward defeat, but Ward refuses to fight outside the USA which is a shame considering Carl Froch came to the US and fought him. I guess Ward is ducking him now. If he was the fighter he says he is then he would travel to the UK for the rematch, which is only fair to be honest. Shame on you Ward! I’ve lost respect for you now.Posted October 31, 2013 3:59 pm
Everybody knew Bute was overrated except for his fans. You are right he didn’t have to travel to win the Championship. Whos fault is that? And now that he is the Champ he doesn’t need to travel. But Ward has already said he is more than happy to go to the UK but they have to make it worth his time. So until they show him the money it won’t happen. He doesn’t want to be robbed by the judges and by the promoters. And the way Froch talks about Ward he really doesn’t want to fight him neither so what is the point of him traveling over there?Posted October 31, 2013 3:18 pm
Idiot Ernie.., go screw your mom againPosted October 31, 2013 1:28 pm
Mayweather is the greatest con artist cherry picking ducker in this history of boxing.Posted October 31, 2013 12:53 pm
I can appreciate a boxer who is true to their craft (though it is nicer when they do it with some style), but it`s a fact of nature that they won`t draw the fans as quickly as an exciting fighter who you can see is putting it out there – heart on their sleeve type stuff
Floyd took quite a while to get where he is now – and he had some big names to work off of. Ward can win another 10 12 round decisions against who is in SMW at the moment and be no closer to getting 5 million dollar paydays.
That’s fine if he wants that. If he wants stardom though – and he wants it NOW – then putting Froch down is an avenue to that. At least that is what Froch needs to ram into Wards head.Posted October 31, 2013 2:42 am
….”Pro boxing isn`t just a sport, it is theatre – hence the ringwalks, the nicknames, the theatrics at the weigh in etc, and people expect a show where the fight has a narrative and not just 12 rounds of neutralisation.”
You sound like a rasslin fan Turbo.., I like a good comedy. I like a great comedian. I like a good action adventure flick. But I also enjoy boxers like Ward who are true to their craft and fans who appreciate the science. Ward needn’t stop Froch. He needs to beat the crap out of him. How many guys does Mayweather stop? Obviously Froch does not want to get finessed again because the fight was his for the asking.Posted October 31, 2013 1:52 am
Lil Wayne’s soggy wet patch
Winning is something you know nothing about.Posted October 31, 2013 1:36 am
IF WINNING is boring then everyone needs to learn how to be boring.Posted October 31, 2013 1:29 am
Ward is boring.Posted October 31, 2013 1:22 am
Trust Me I’m A Stomach
Ward will beat Rodriguez, he’ll be on him like the Lone Ranger on Tonto.Posted October 31, 2013 12:28 am
Idiot Ernie.., Eat stray cat dung and bark at postal workers.Posted October 31, 2013 12:07 am
Froch will go for Ward again in his final fight. He can make more money elsewhere now off the back of his Bute-Kessler roll that a Ward defeat would put the brakes onPosted October 30, 2013 10:23 pm
Andre Ward made it clear he would fight Froch in England after Froch-Kessler II… Obviously Froch wasn’t interested in the rematch. He has world titles. Why would he give them up?
Froch.., “I don’t think anyone will ever beat Ward.”
It was pretty obvious Froch was shocked by the official decision when he heard the scores announced by the MC… He expected Ward to get a much more lopsided decision.Posted October 30, 2013 9:42 pm
RJJ in his prime vs Ward – no way am I taking Ward in that fight. Even if he can`t have his way 100% RJJ could fight smart enough to potshot 8 rounds vs Ward. He managed it against Hopkins and Toney
I`d even rate a prime James Toney favourite vs Ward.
Though this probably means I am talking about a period when they were juiced off their mooks.
RJJ after going middleweight to heavyweight, then coming back down to LH was not the same fighter, and I don`t accept your contention that Tarver simply happened to be the first good boxer puncher RJJ faced. Tarver is $h1te. Tarver isn`t half the fighrer Toney was. Tarver wasn`t half the fighter Hopkins was – hence the lesson he got.Posted October 30, 2013 9:42 pm
Peej – Its hypocritical to keep claiming that the challengers must come to him. When did he travel to go and fight the champs before he won? He didn’t and the rest of your rubbish is exactly that. Travelling is not crossing a few borders in your own country of residence. No one knew for sure that Bute was over rated until Froch stepped up and exposed him. Something that Ward kept running from. Unfortunately I can’t draw pictures for you so it’s a shame that you can’t interpret simple sentences.Posted October 30, 2013 8:52 pm
Hamster.., It makes no difference to me how many fights Ward as had. If Roy Jones was in his prime today Ward would kick his ass. He’s not going to be rated over Jones at this time … he’s just a better fighter all the way around.Posted October 30, 2013 8:37 pm
The Prince = LOSER!Posted October 30, 2013 7:14 pm
He cleaned out 168. 168 is a stacked division. Didn’t Adonis take an L from a C class fighter? Also he beat Dawson after Hopkins and Ward. After fighting those 2 you will never be the samePosted October 30, 2013 5:34 pm
what is truth
The Prince- when oh when is Ward going to fight anyone worth anything and dont hand us sad Dawson who was cleaned out by Adonis in 1 round. Ward cant knock out a stiff in zero below weather.Posted October 30, 2013 5:10 pm
what is truth
The Prince. and getting that money and beating bums wont hand him the hall of fame or sell us, that ward is anything past average. and prince, who cares what money he makes you dont get any of it, and MC Donalds makes 30 times what Ward makes and what. Winning beaten fighters and winning sloppy Rodriguez dont mean squat my friendPosted October 30, 2013 5:08 pm
Hating on Ward won’t stop him from winning and getting that money. But keep at it.Posted October 30, 2013 4:16 pm
And Ward has not needed help from a Ref or a judge or a fan. That is ridiculous. Fans can’t fight for you and there is not a single fight that you can say he has lost so he has not needed help from the judges. And yes you will say what bout his head butts, that complaint comes from one fight.Posted October 30, 2013 3:56 pm
How am I hypocritical? Bute was overrated and has been for a very long time. He never fought any A level comp. As a matter of fact his resume is filled with B level comp and one of those B level fighters should own a KO win over Bute but he had help from his home ref. Ward has traveled to a few states here in America. So he is not always fighting in California. And he has beaten everyone at 168, he has cleaned it out. He is the lineal Champ. So if you want the Championship Belt then they need to come to him.Posted October 30, 2013 3:43 pm
I just don’t think they are ready yet to move to 175 but it will happen. But I agree he needs to go to light heavy, nobody else at 168 after this fight.Posted October 30, 2013 3:37 pm
“Yeah but the only reason he fought at 175 in the olympics was so that Dirrell could fight in the olympics.” – PEEJ you’re correct. But keep in mind that was 9 years ago. The natural progression is to add weight after 5 or so years in the pros. Ward has owned 168 since winning the tournament so he should now have a go at 175.Posted October 30, 2013 2:36 pm
Joseph Herron I don’t see how Rodriguez has similar athleticism as Ward. His hand speed and footwork are slow but he’s a game fighter who can crack. Ward’s shown no troubles dismantling that type of fighter. The only question is the layoff and Ward’s health. I figure he’s healed up at this point.Posted October 30, 2013 2:34 pm
Peej – you are a hypocritical BS’er. Where did Ward travel when he had to meet the champ before he won a belt. NOWHERE. Everyone knows that Ward didn’t have the stones to face Bute, as he (Bute) was demolishing all in his path. It took Froch to ante up and expose that myth. Real champs don’t hide at home with their ref, judges and fans. Although in Wards case he doesn’t have many fans and can’t fill a church hall. Dirrell did not win, let it go, he can’t win by running like a scared rabbit all night.Posted October 30, 2013 2:24 pm
PEEBRAIN shut the fook up.Posted October 30, 2013 2:02 pm
No he is not an embarrassment to US boxing. American that follow boxing like him just fine. It must hurt to know that Ward beat Froch with a broken hand. And is it that you want Ward to go over there to see if they rob him like they did of Dirrell?Posted October 30, 2013 1:15 pm
Doesn’t matter if he has 2 title belts. Lets see he won one off a fighter Ward already beat and won another off a very overrated fighter. Oh not to mention Ward beat Froch. There is no need to go over there and fight. He clearly beat Froch with a broken hand. If Froch wants the championship belt, not title belt but championship belt which basically means you are the top of the weight class then he needs to come get it or offer enough money to Ward like he said and Ward would happily go over there and take his meaningless titles from him.Posted October 30, 2013 1:09 pm
Carl Froch has two world title belts, Ward has one.
Carl came to America and took on Ward here and lost. But at least Carl was man enough to travel outside of the UK and fight. I respect him for that.
When Ward was asked to return the compliment and go fight in the UK he ran away and made excuses.
Ward is an embarrassment to US boxing and not the champion he thinks he is.Posted October 30, 2013 1:00 pm
Ward is such a coward who only fights in his own backyard. True champions travel the world and fight aboard like Carl Froch and countless others as seen in the history of the sport. Ward’s fights are boring, nobody gives a damn about him.Posted October 30, 2013 12:56 pm
Ward doesn’t need to travel to the UK to fight Froch. He has already beat him so no need for that. You have to come to the champion, the champ doesn’t come to youPosted October 30, 2013 11:23 am
what is truth
Edwin Rodriguez is a lamb, Ward seeks greatness by
Seriously…who cares about this fight. Rodriguez is an average fighter at best. He has fought no one. Has no chance of winning and is so technically flawed that he may gets kod.
He doesn’t train hard and blows up to the size of a blimp between fights.
Ward ko 8. Rodriguez gets exposed and that’s that!Posted October 30, 2013 7:22 am
Hey white coats, lock up Idiot Ernie and weld the door shut.Posted October 30, 2013 12:50 am
The Real Tark
youtube.com/watch?v=OOy_oP3ESQYPosted October 30, 2013 12:46 am
Andre Ward on a plane
Taking off to fight in the super six tourney, not really
Thanks Joseph, so Ward holds the ole ‘Super Champ’ status. Any news when he’ll travel to the UK and beat Froch for his WBA champ belt and the IBF belt?Posted October 30, 2013 12:10 am
Andre Ward will never be 30% the champ Roy Jones Jr was.
Andre Ward needs to find anouther gear.
Ward try to fight somewhere besides Oakland, and stop
Tark, you kidding me.
Ward better than Jones?
What ever drug you take, stop taking it.Posted October 29, 2013 11:33 pm
Mayweather and Canelo
2.2 million PPV, lol,
youtube.com/watch?v=c2zM82L0U-gPosted October 29, 2013 10:45 pm
Ward picked Rodriguez, because Rodriguez is sloppy and basically an easy win and let me guess, we will find ourselves in the beautiful city of Oakland once again. Ward, step it up dude.Posted October 29, 2013 10:40 pm
Mayweather v Pacquiao
Let it roll.
youtube.com/watch?v=t7bx7xB4DisPosted October 29, 2013 10:13 pm
Ward find some balls, take on Adonis.================Posted October 29, 2013 9:56 pm
Andre Ward by no means can ever match the one and only Calzage. Calzage would had dropped WARD inside 6 rounds. Ward ,as already mentioned is well over, is overrated and really has not beat anyone worth much. Ward did win the super 6 which was nowhere impressive. The Super 6 was a collection of misfits and fill ins. Ward did beat Dawson but everyone beats Dawson, ask Adonis. Ward now picks this Edwin guy who is anouther nobody and im guessing we are back to Oakland to watch yet anouther bore.Posted October 29, 2013 9:54 pm
USA Boxing PEDS
youtube.com/watch?v=Oextk-If8HQPosted October 29, 2013 9:44 pm
Utter crap once again from TARK.
Calzaghe was dropped only three times in his ENTIRE career. Amateur and pro.
By Mitchell, in round 2, then Joe got right back up and stopped him in the same round.
Then much later in his career, against Jones, then Joe got up and proceeded to beat the living crap out of Jones to such an extent it should of been stopped by round seven, but credit to Jones he took his beating like a man and was once a fantastic boxer. I like and respect him.
And then finally against Hopkins, and Joe proceeded to get up make him look like the cheating cry baby crap excuse for a boxer he was and is today.
So get your facts right Tark! Joe was a great boxer/fighter who will be remembered for all time, you on the other hand will be remembered for absolutely nothing!Posted October 29, 2013 9:37 pm
mismatch…Posted October 29, 2013 9:17 pm
the fight won’t be close.Posted October 29, 2013 9:17 pm
big al, no mights, buts or ifs for me…Ward beats this kid with a hand tied behind his back. If you don’t believe me, remember me after the fight…i’ll be right here.Posted October 29, 2013 9:12 pm
As long as Steve Smoger isn’t the ref, Edwin might have a chance. Slim, but a chance nonetheless.
Keys to victory for Edwin: don’t let Ward lean on you against the ropes or in the corner and smother your work with head, shoulders and arms. That’s what he does best.Posted October 29, 2013 9:06 pm
I actually agree Ward might very well beat Calzaghe. I`d see them having quite an ugly fight with a lot of headclashes due to Calzaghe being southpaw and Wards style in general. They can both frustrate and nullify opponents and outscore them round after round.
It would probably be a classic case of volume (Calzaghe) vs cleaner punches (Ward). Whoever won fans of the other would scream robbery.Posted October 29, 2013 9:02 pm
Calzaghe beat all the styles, he could brawl with the best of them and work out their styles, pressure them and win, difficult to beat, that is why he was undefeated and he could go to the opponents backyard with no problem.Posted October 29, 2013 9:00 pm
I think Ward would beat Calghe but you are right. He hasn’t had the longevity to be greater than Calzaghe. Also Calzghe was not a brawler. He was a pressure boxerPosted October 29, 2013 8:53 pm
Calzaghe strictly a brawler…hahhahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhahahhahahhahaahhahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahah.
Guess you missed the Lacy Lesson.
High workrate and pressure doen`t make you a brawler.Posted October 29, 2013 8:48 pm
Roy messed his body up when losing all that weight. If he would of stayed at light heavy instead of moving up he would of beat Johnson. Roy beat Tarver the first fight and you could clearly see that Roy looked nothing like he used to. That was nothing that Tarver did but everything Roy couldn’t so anymore. Heck he wasn’t looking to great before he moved up. He had already started to lose speed. It didn’t look like it because he was so much faster than the heavies. And Tarver started boxing way after Roy did. Tarvers career is weakPosted October 29, 2013 8:46 pm
Ward has simply not had the longevity to place him above Calzaghe as the best SMW ever.
That is just silly and you know it is TARK. Just silly tr0lling.Posted October 29, 2013 8:44 pm
I give Edwin not even a punchers chance here. Ward has way too many tools for him, this is a mismatch.Posted October 29, 2013 8:42 pm
Ward is much better than Calzaghe and Jones ever were… AW doesn’t get hit as often and has better fundamentals all the way through… Calzaghe was decked several times, led with his face. He really couldn’t box.. He was strictly a brawler who never faced a top technician in his prime — such as Andre Ward… The only guy anywhere close to as good as Ward is, who Jones ever faced, was Antonio Tarver… Tarver only had one question for Jones.
“Are you gonna have any excuses tonight Roy???”Posted October 29, 2013 8:37 pm
Look how many times Roy Jones Jr has been knocked out!!!!
Antonio Tarver is OLDER than Roy and so is Glen Johnson. Those are the type of fighters Roy ducked for years and years and you can see why.
They KTFO of Roy… ONE SHOT!!! LIGHTS OUT!!!
Serves Roy right for ducking the best guys out there. Floyd is already older than Roy Jones was when those 2 knocked Roy stiff.Posted October 29, 2013 8:29 pm
Ward is awful to watch. too,,,,,,, Andre has the power of a used aaa battery. Ward would have never touched the likes of in prime Jones. Jones would had sent cherry boy Ward back to the minor leagues after one round.Posted October 29, 2013 8:29 pm
Tarver was garbage. His whole career is based aroun Jobes. He had the chance to fight Roy but list in the eliminator. 168 pound version of Roy would if done Tarver dirty and Tarver wouldn’t of seen the 12th. Roy at 168 was out of this world.Posted October 29, 2013 8:21 pm
Ward whould had been destroyed by jones, b-hop and Calzage- noway ward touches 168 roy jones jr= Jones was a monster for 13 years and dont forget WBA heavt wt champ- Ward cant Ko a block of ice.Posted October 29, 2013 8:19 pm
Ward stop looking for cherry pick road, take on Adonis who is the true challeng here. Ward is weak and a bore, and continues to sell greatness but to who. Somebody tell me who the heck ward beat to be on the p4p list; Froch? dawson who was laid out by adonis in one round? how bout Kessler who was a beaten fighter well before Ward. Ward suxxxPosted October 29, 2013 8:17 pm
Calzaghe was the complete 168lb fighter, beat all styles and was undefeated.Posted October 29, 2013 7:21 pm
Calzaghe would of beat Ward, no problem.Posted October 29, 2013 7:15 pm
nunn and toney and eubank would of beat up boring wardPosted October 29, 2013 6:23 pm
Ward is the best 168 pounder ever…
Roy Jones wasn’t as complete a technician as Ward, and didn’t defend as well… Roy’s top opponent, Toney, wasn’t ready to fight. As Toney did against Montel Griffin and Drake Thadzi—he phoned the fight in. Toney had the best talent and the least discipline I’ve ever seen.
Roy never had a truly great and fight ready opponent until he finally faced Antonio Tarver, after flagrantly ducking AT for years. I thought that fight would never be made. Most matchups like that never get signed.
Edwin Rodriguez is the best boxer-puncher Ward has faced. It’s an interesting fight. Edwin has tremendous potential, but he doesn’t have the fights and development behind him Ward has.Posted October 29, 2013 6:21 pm
PEEBRAIN shut the fook up!Posted October 29, 2013 5:45 pm
Mayweather has been champ longer than Wlad and has fought better comp. besides the P4P list wasn’t made for heavies. They should not be listed on the list at allPosted October 29, 2013 5:33 pm
I don’t ever include Heavyweights on my P4P list because it is hypocritical by definition.Posted October 29, 2013 5:32 pm
mayweather great fighter,wlad clenchko no way.Posted October 29, 2013 5:20 pm
Maybe you could have made a case for Andre two years ago, but after dominating Canelo and Guerrero in 2013, there is no argument for anyone but Floyd being atop the pound for pound list.Posted October 29, 2013 5:10 pm
Nobody is above Floyd on the P4P rankings. Not at this time.Posted October 29, 2013 4:43 pm
ward is above Floyd on the pfp list.Posted October 29, 2013 4:35 pm
PEEBRAIN shut the fook up, you’re a fooking idiot. Stop embarrassing Austin with stupid unqualified bleats.Posted October 29, 2013 4:26 pm
Ward is the Champion, doesn’t need to fight outside the US. You have to go to him.Posted October 29, 2013 3:46 pm
watch popkins ward and the klit bros,you wont need sleep aid.Posted October 29, 2013 3:45 pm
well Joseph is telling us Edwin Rodriguez is a game lad.. so if this fight stinks like a normal ward fight we know never to tune in again.. Wards last chance saloon.. fight clean, take the Vada test and earn your respect!Posted October 29, 2013 3:27 pm
Ward fighting in his backyard again? In front of his 5 fans and his dog? Trying fighting outside the USA Ward you MIGHT get some respect. But I doubt it.Posted October 29, 2013 3:03 pm
FA, because of the booked boxing calendar, there isn’t going to be much buzz about the fight until after Triple G and Curtis Stevens get it on this weekend.
But make no mistake, brother…this is a very intriguing bout.
Will Andre Ward be the same after a very long lay off?
And will he be able to handle a hungry, young, undefeated fighter who has comparable athletic qualities?
Most of my colleagues who are discounting Edwin are the same group who were discounting Ward in the outset of the Super Six Tourney.
You just never know what will happen in the ring.
I’m expecting a real war on November 16th!!Posted October 29, 2013 2:50 pm
Yeah but the only reason he fought at 175 in the olympics was so that Dirrell could fight in the olympics.Posted October 29, 2013 1:30 pm
0 buzz about this one. Andre should go to 175. Plenty of good fights there and it’s the division he got a gold medal in.Posted October 29, 2013 1:13 pm
Who else should he be fighting at 168?Posted October 29, 2013 1:11 pm
Stupid match. Ward resting on his Laurels. Won’t fight good comp again until Mayweather retires so that he can snatch up no 1 p4p with no risk and on matches he won 3 years back.Posted October 29, 2013 1:01 pm
another cheating fighter from the USA. They all cheat. The fighters, the refs, the promoters. USA boxing is a ridiculous joke.Posted October 29, 2013 12:53 pm
I am not really impressed with Rodriguez. I have seen many of his fights and yes he has improved some, I see Ward taking him to school. He will out jab him and out work him on the inside. Heck Ward may even stop him late.Posted October 29, 2013 12:28 pm
ok Joseph i take your point.. it may be a great fight but if ward has anything to do with it it wont be.. lets hope Edwin makes it great and kicks the SOG’s assPosted October 29, 2013 12:22 pm
I sure will, brother…remember, the number to call in is 718-506-1506.
I will give JK your area code and he will get you on the show…Austin kicks of tonight’s festivities at 9PM EST/6PM PST.
Nonito will be in our final slot and won’t hit the show until 10:40 PM EST/7:40 PM PST…he isn’t finished with sparring until 7:20-30.Posted October 29, 2013 12:13 pm
JOSEPH! Re your show tonight:
My area code is 928. I’ll definitely be tuning in and waiting to talk to Austin.
Thanks!Posted October 29, 2013 12:07 pm
Cool…Anonymous can see the IP address!! Right on, brother!!Posted October 29, 2013 11:51 am
Whoever the fake TARK is, is also SophiaPosted October 29, 2013 11:42 am
Why didn’t Rodriguez ask to take the test when there was negotiations? I am for the drug testing and think Ward should be doing it for all fights. But I think he is making a point since the negotiations where so hard with Rodriguez. And now Rodriguez is more making it a media thing. He never mentioned it till the contracts where signed and he was in front of some cameras. Ward said he would start after this fight. We will have to wait and see if it is true.Posted October 29, 2013 10:36 am
And just for the die hard fight fans, fighters, and young trainers, Conditioning coach Danny Arnold will be on tonight’s program…right after Austin’s segment ends at 9:20 EST
He’s going to discuss what he did to get Bryan Vera in the best shape of his life in preparing him for Chavez Jr, and will talk about working with Austin Trout while Erislandy Lara is training at the same facility.
Should be great!!Posted October 29, 2013 10:07 am
Btw, Brother Hidalgo…just for you, man
Austin Trout will be opening up the program at 9PM EST tonight, Virgil Hunter will be on at 10PM EST, and Nonito Donaire is scheduled to close the show at 10:40 EST.
If you plan to call in tonight, please let me know your area code so I can get you in.Posted October 29, 2013 10:03 am
Ward is a cheat.Posted October 29, 2013 9:52 am
Rodriguez is a nice guy but he isn`t going to give Ward a difficult fight,not with Ronnie Shields in his corner.This is the same Shields who paniced when his fighter,David Tua, ran into the ultimate immovable object,Ike Ibeabuchi.And just like President Ike,Andre Ward does not give away rounds.Edwin is in for a difficult night.Posted October 29, 2013 9:49 am
Anybody not willing to take the test,in a time when so many are caught cheating,it just dosent seem right.Taking the test is good for boxing it shows good sportmanship and the openness of the athlete,not hiding anything.Not willing to be tested seems like your hiding something.Posted October 29, 2013 9:14 am
Upset comingPosted October 29, 2013 8:07 am
if your clean take the test. fuc#ing simple.Posted October 29, 2013 7:31 am
Rodriguez has not accused Ward of taking PED, not like the Mayweathers did to Pacquiao, who were sued by Pacquiao. Rodriquez has just asked him to take the test, what is wrong with that, all other sports do it, don’t see why Ward would have a problem with it and he will not be paying for the test, which would not be a problem even if he had to pay.Posted October 29, 2013 7:15 am
tbone: “ward and great fights dont belong in the same sentence.. ward in another dirty fight where the ref let him get away with it again goes in the same sentence every time”
I’m one of the only members of the boxing media who isn’t enamored with the fight style of Andre Ward, but he’s fought guys in the past who let him get away with his mauling style.
They either weren’t athletic enough to match Ward’s speed and agility, or they weren’t proficient at fighting on the inside.
Edwin is both…the Dominican born fighter is going to give Ward a much tougher fight than everyone anticipates. Don’t be surprised if Edwin pulls off the upset on November 16th.
The only thing that really concerns me about Edwin’s chances in this fight, is his fiery temperament.
If Ward is able to frustrate him early, just like he did against Froch and Kessler, Edwin may not be able to stay composed under the duress of Andre’s style.
Edwin is a ferocious competitor though…most people don’t realize that about him. He has to win…it’s an obsession for him. One of his roommates told me a while back that if he gets up to go to the bathroom at the same time you do, he’ll try to beat you there.
He’s a different kind of animal…and Ward has never faced anyone who has his brand of fiery mentality and his athletic gifts.Posted October 29, 2013 7:03 am
@Hildago : you are spot on. I think that if he would have brought it up during the negotiations, it would have been trouble. Don think it was smart of him to bring it up now. I think that Wards camp would see this as pre-fight loss of sorts, caving into the CHALLENGERS demand. I think Ward is like im the champ, I make the demands and not the other way around. You didnt give the heads up then F- off.Posted October 29, 2013 5:57 am
ward and great fights dont belong in the same sentence.. ward in another dirty fight where the ref let him get away with it again goes in the same sentence every time.. and i believe bika beat him at his own dirty game and was robbed in oakland.. as you would expectPosted October 29, 2013 4:49 am
Very astute, Gary…so you think Edwin has released “The Cracken” with his drug testing comments?
He might have…maybe that’s what he wants. Maybe he wants a version of Andre that is more willing to trade.
Will have to wait and see…should be a great fight!!Posted October 29, 2013 2:11 am
Boxing has enough troubles and rattles without one fighter even insinuating the use of PEDs. We have a three judge system that is continuously bewildering fans, referees who have given up on counting to ten, mismatch matches, and the list goes on. [Thanks goes out to the fantastic Tecate girls for doing their best towards balancing things a bit.] For a fighter to talk smack to increase fight interest is proven to work but this kind of dialogue is going to bring out a side of Andre that Edwin is bound to wish didn’t show up. His wide angle haymakers are already nullified by Ward’s straight game so now I expect even more time to be dedicated towards rehearsing the close range uppercuts just to punctuate his displeasure. Ward by KO in round 8 and then hopefully immediately calls out Chavez Jr. for a late December match to get this thing (his career) back on track.Posted October 29, 2013 2:01 am
i love loaded questions, Maracho…lol
Yes, judges are honest but often inept. It’s so funny how so many can be absolutely sure about a subjective process and drill a fight judge like they committed a crime.
Also, I am friends with both parties so I am staying out of this one. I’m just doing my job and bringing the information to the fight fans.
you guys have to formulate your own opinions on this one!!
What do you know, real investigative journalism on Eastsideboxing.com!!!Posted October 29, 2013 1:53 am
Joe, are you saying that boxers are as innocent as the judges that you so highly esteem and thus shouldnt be tested at all?
Or is it that you are like me and know that both Conte and USADA should be trusted LESS than any of themPosted October 29, 2013 1:38 am
You could be right, Hidalgo.
But if I were Ward, i would take the test anyway. Do you realize how many of his detractors are going to jump all of over this?
Some fight fans are brutal who live by the philosophy of “Guilty until proven innocent”.Posted October 29, 2013 1:25 am
Apparently Ward fired Conte a while back and he fights everybody in their prime and choosing his battle grounds is always wisePosted October 29, 2013 1:02 am
Ward currently holds the Super WBA 168 pound title. Apparently, the WBA allows a longer period of time to defend against your mandatory opponent if you are the “Super” champion.Posted October 29, 2013 12:57 am
Ward will only fight in his home town with his personal referee and judges! Now he refuses to take the drug tests!Posted October 29, 2013 12:54 am
Just wondering what belts Ward holds to be called the champ. When you fall out of the sport due to form, fear or injury it’s bad luck, but you need to start again and get those belts back from the actual holders in their backyard. You can’t rest on your laurels from the past. If this was the case we wouldn’t of had such great trilogys from boxings past.Posted October 29, 2013 12:09 am
I see that a passport isn’t the only thing that Ward is hiding from the world.Posted October 29, 2013 12:05 am
eh.Posted October 28, 2013 11:42 pm