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Ward vs. Rodriguez

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

Photos: Andre Ward Closes Bay Area Training Camp in Preparation for November 16th Fight with Edwin Rodriguez

44The long wait for WBA and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward’s (Oakland, Calif.) return to the ring is nearly over. Ward and trainer Virgil Hunter will take part in their final Bay Area training session today at his Hayward boxing gym before traveling south to Ontario, Calif., on Tuesday morning. The consensus number two pound-for-pound fighter in the world will put his belts on the line in a battle with undefeated contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez on Saturday at the Citizens Business Bank Arena and live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

Saturday’s bout marks Ward’s first fight in 14 months following surgery to repair a right shoulder injury that the 29-year-old boxer recently revealed he’s had for over 15 years. Ward exasperated the rotator cuff tear in preparation for a scheduled bout with Kelly Pavlik late last year, and the injury required major surgery in January. Continue reading

Ward-Rodriguez undercard quotes

John Molina Jr.

“I expect fireworks on November 16th. I’m looking for the knockout, but that never means I take my opponent lightly. I can’t wait for the HBO show Nov. 16 to do what I do best.”

Juan Funez

“Expect an exciting fight from me and a great show. It’s a big opportunity I plan to seize the moment on Nov 16th.” Continue reading

Andre Ward’s world title showdown added to stacked BoxNation calendar

LONDON (31 Oct) – BoxNation’s knockout November is set to pack even more of a punch with the channel adding super-middleweight supremo Andre Ward’s crunch world title clash with undefeated Edwin Rodriguez to its star studded lineup.

The encounter sees the world’s best 168-pounder, Ward, defend his WBA world super-middleweight title on November 16th in Ontario, California against the ferocious 28-year-old from the Dominican Republic, adding yet another mouth-watering matchup on the ‘Channel of Champions’.

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao’s ring return against the formidable Brandon Rios in Macao, China on November 23rd and Queensberry’s Copper Box extravaganza on November 30th, featuring heavyweight hitman Dereck Chisora and former world champion Nathan Cleverly, are the other main attractions in a jam-packed November schedule. Continue reading

John Molina to fight on Ward-Rodriguez undercard on November 16th

SHERMAN OAKS, CA (October 24, 2013) – In his last fight against unbeaten Cleveland native Mickey Bey back in July of this year, Covina, Calif. lightweight John Molina Jr. looked like he may have trouble with the faster and accurate punching Bey. That presumption became more evident as the rounds went by.

Although Molina was able to land one hellacious shot after another. Bey was just as able to withstand them through the first nine rounds. It wasn’t until the 10th and final round Molina unleashed a series of these dangerous blows that put Bey into another hemisphere and provided Molina with the win and a “Knockout of the Year” candidate. Continue reading

Quotes from Andre Ward’s Bay Area Open Workout

ward445With under a month remaining until his highly anticipated return, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward went back to his roots at King’s Gym in Oakland, Calif., to discuss his upcoming battle with Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez. After a 14-month layoff due to a shoulder injury, Ward will step back in to the ring on November 16 at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., on HBO World Championship Boxing. He shared his thoughts about the importance of staying in shape throughout the year, the impact of the layoff and his young, hungry opponent with the Bay Area media assembled at his childhood gym.

ANDRE WARD, WBA AND RING MAGAZINE SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION – “I’ve always tried to respect this sport, I’m not a guy that always says this is my best training camp ever. Every training camp is my best training camp because I’ve always approached it the right way.” Continue reading

“2 Days: Andre Ward” Premieres Tuesday, November 5 on HBO®

Oct. 22, 2013 – HBO Sports® debuts an all-new installment of “2 Days” when the feature segment returns Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes look at super middleweight sensation Andre Ward, one of boxing’s elite pound-for-pound fighters. “2 Days” is a revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights and the next edition will focus on super middleweight champ Andre Ward. HBO cameras followed the engaging and compelling fighter prior to his showdown with 175-pound champ Chad Dawson in Oakland. Continue reading

Ward vs. Rodriguez – Ringside with Raymundo: The Return

ward453434 Just off the I-10 freeway in Southern California stands an electric-powered billboard that flashes images of upcoming events, and in-between promoting an upcoming Cher concert and the inaugural game for the Ontario Reign minor league hockey team is an advertisement that simply states, ‘The Return’, with a picture of the consensus No. 2 fighter in the world, Andre Ward, and the date of November 16.

The Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California will be the venue for ‘The Return’ of the fighter who is the closest ranked to the No. 1 boxer in the world in Floyd Mayweather Jr. Continue reading

Ward vs. Rodriguez Ticket Sales Today

WBA and RING Super Middleweight World Champion and 2011 Fighter of the Year, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) makes his long-awaited return to the ring to defend his 168-pound championships in Ontario, CA at the Citizens Business Bank Arena (45 minutes south east from Los Angeles) as he takes on the #1 world-rated Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Continue reading