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Fight Talk Live (Ward vs Rodriguez Post Fight Wrap-Up)

fighttalklivepremiereTonight will be the premiere live broadcast of “Fight Talk Live”. Similar to ESPN’s “AROUND THE HORN”, fight fans will be able to not only watch live, but also interact and post live questions for the fellas to chew on! The live broadcast will begin approximately 15min after the end of the fight! (Sidenote: “Left-Hook Lounge Radio” goes live Tuesday evening with a 2hr showcase of the pending Pacquiao vs Rios showdown).

(Fight Talk Live Information Below)

The Format: Similar To ESPN’s “Around The Horn”. Your hosts will be Vivek Wallace (EastSideBoxing Resident Scribe), Andre Gant (“Boxing Decoded Series” Producer), & Latino Boxing scribe, Francisco Guzman. Continue reading

Andre Ward lays down gauntlet by declaring to knockout ‘delusional’ Froch in rematch

Super-middleweight king Andre Ward has laid down the gauntlet to Carl Froch, declaring he can knockout the ‘delusional’ British star in a world title unification rematch.

The WBA Super and Ring Magazine world champion has opened the door to a potential blockbuster matchup against the reigning IBF world champion Froch, should both men come through their upcoming battles.

Ward faces off against the unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez in Ontario, California this weekend, a fight you can see live and exclusive on BoxNation, with Froch taking on the rising George Groves in a grudge match later this month.

Should both prevail, Ward is convinced that a super-fight could be next up for the 168-pound division’s two top dogs.

“I think a fight with Froch is definitely something that could happen,” said Ward. Continue reading

Andre Ward – 167.8, Edwin Rodriguez – 170

This afternoon at the Ontario Airport Hotel, Super WBA title challenger Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez weighed in at 170 pounds, two pounds over the Super Middleweight division limit of 168, while Andre “S.O.G.” Ward scaled in at a healthy 167.8 pounds.

The Dominican born fighter forfeits his eligibility to compete for the Super WBA 168 pound title.

Preliminary weights:

Sergio Mora 161 vs. Milton Nunez 160
John Molina 141 vs. Jorge Pimentel 142
Oscar Molina 153 vs. Carlos Sanchez 155
Charles Huerta 126 vs.Jonathan Arrellano 126
Brandon Gonzalez 167 vs. Jonathon Nelson 166
Juan Funez 126 vs. Carlos Gonzalez 129
DonYil Livingston 158 vs. Tony Hirsch 161
Justin DeLoach 154 vs. Robert Hill 154

Tomorrow night’s fight card is slated to take place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California…the main event of the evening will be broadcast on HBO, with a start time of 10PM EST.

Go with Andre Ward – It’s easier

41Once again, come this Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA, fans will be treated to one of those battles where “Someone’s ‘O’ has got to go”. HBO’s main event will feature Andre S.O.G. Ward, 26-0-0 (KO14) versus Dominican Republic’s Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriquez 24-0-0 (KO16).

Both fighters are quality individuals, having exhibited excellence from the amateurs into the professionals. Andre is talked about in P4P terms. Edwin has been compared to past greats. How can you pick a winner? It’s hard to cheer for one over the other. They are both worthy. They both have the “bona fides”. They both conduct themselves well. They’re likable and avoid all the braggadocio and trash talking engaged in by so many. Continue reading

Amir Khan hails stablemate Andre Ward as one of the world’s best

Boxing ace Amir Khan has hailed stablemate Andre Ward as one of the world’s very best, declaring that he’ll make an explosive ring return this weekend, live on BoxNation.

The super-middleweight world champion, who holds the WBA Super and Ring Magazine titles, makes his long-awaited return to the squared circle following an injury to his shoulder which has kept him out of action since September 2012.

Having seen Ward at close quarters, since joining up with trainer Virgil Hunter last year, who has honed the skills of the American since childhood, Khan is in no doubt that a revitalised and rejuvenated Ward will dismantle his so far unbeaten opponent, Edwin Rodriguez. Continue reading

Ward vs. Rodriguez: Will ring rust make this fight more competitive?

419 It will have been just over 14 months since the last time Andre Ward graced the HBO airwaves as a fighter when he enters the ring this Saturday to face unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez.

Sidelined with a shoulder injury much has been said and written about Andre Ward.
Some of it was said using facts.

While other articles, tweets, and forum posts clearly had biasness oozing out of it, whether directed at Ward personally or at the way in which he was taught to fight.

The style of fighters and fans vigorously debating over the topic is nothing new.

I will never forget some of the arguments that my grandfather, the man that introduced me to the sport, and I had over who was better fighter and why between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard. Continue reading

Edwin Rodriguez: I’m ready to get in there and punch Ward in the face

Andre Ward & Edwin Rodriguez get up close and personal at the final press conference before they colllide for Ward’s WBA & Ring Magazine Super Middleweight Title Saturday night in the fight dubbed “THE RETURN.”

Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez: “I respect Andre Ward. I think he’s a good fighter. He has accomplished a lot in the sport of boxing, winning the tournament in the Super Six. But, at the same time, I don’t respect him either. I’m ready to get in there and punch that guy in the face. Come November 16th, I will do just that.” Continue reading

Andre Ward Fight Week Quotes

415OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – November 14, 2013 – WBA and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (Oakland, Calif.) is just 48 hours away from his return to the ring, and he’s locked and loaded for his first fight of 2013. Ward will face off with undefeated contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez in a super middleweight title bout on Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., and live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

The 29-year-old is excited to finally return to the ring after a 14-month layoff and he shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects over the past couple of days as he finalizes preparation for Saturday’s showdown.

On his 16-year winning streak: “I love to compete. I love to win and it’s just as simple as that. There are no simple formulas. God blessed me with the talent. I take my job very seriously and I think that’s a major thing that’s benefited me in the ring. When I get in there, I just love to compete.” Continue reading

Frank Buglioni previews Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez live on BoxNation

If Floyd Mayweather Jnr is a unanimous pick as the sport’s premier pound-for-pound talent, Andre Ward is the strongest candidate to emerge as his heir apparent.

The Oakland super-middle – USA’s last Olympic champion after striking gold at light-heavy at the 2004 Athens Games – carved a formidable rep by scalping the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch en route to winning Showtime’s prestigious Super Six tourney in 2011.

The self proclaimed ‘Son Of God’ further advanced his standing by systematically dismantling reigning WBC light-heavy boss Chad Dawson inside ten rounds in a 12stone defence last September.

However, surgery to repair the rotary cuff on his right shoulder has rendered the 29 year old dormant for the past 14 months so he’ll no doubt be eager to remind the trade of his formidable talent when he defends his WBA Super title at The Citizen’s Business Bank Arena, Ontario, in his home state of California this Saturday evening. Continue reading

Andre Ward looks to capitalise on undefeated Rodriguez’s ‘Froch-like’ eagerness

Boxing’s best super middleweight, Andre Ward, returns to the ring this Saturday following a 14-month layoff, adamant he can take advantage of his opponent’s all guns blazing approach.

The WBA super-middleweight world champion, who also holds The Ring Magazine equivalent, is set to make his eagerly anticipated return this weekend against the undefeated Edwin Rodriguez, after being out of action for over a year due to a shoulder injury.

Fighting in front of his native Californian crowd at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, the 29-year-old is out to show there is little in the way of ring rust and that the sparkle which saw him overcome Chad Dawson so comprehensively in his last outing, back in September 2012, very much remains. Continue reading

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