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Andre Ward Plans Big a Rude Awakening For Rodriguez

OAKLAND, CALIF. -  With 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."

"The first thing people said when they saw me at the press conference was how lean I looked. I think that's how a fighter is supposed to look. When I used to run in to the great Bernard Hopkins, the first thing I always noticed was how lean he looked. He looks like he is living like a fighter."

"I have had a year of setbacks, a year of a mountain that I had to climb to get to this point, and that made me hungry. I thought I was hungry before the injury but I'm famished right now. I'm ready to get at it."

"I think a lot of people are looking to see what kind of Andre Ward is going to show up on November 16. Is he going to be better? Is he going to be worse? I think they are going to see the best Andre Ward they've ever seen November 16 on HBO."

"Being off with this injury and not being in the game, it just did something to me. I didn't have a crowd. I didn't have TV cameras. I didn't have people cheering me on. I had supporters but I had to find something deep within myself to say, I need to stay ready. Negotiations were long and grueling, but when I got the call that the fight was official, physically I was ready. I had been working. I wasn't just sitting on the couch, taking vacations. I had been working for a year and I think everyone's going to see that November 16."

"I know my opponent. I do research and keep my ear to what's being said, and they think they are catching me at the right time - simple as that. Edwin Rodriguez never looked my way. He never talked about me. He'd throw my name out if someone asked about me. He thinks he's catching me at the right time. I've been off for a year, 14 months by the time the fight comes around. He's coming off a major injury so this is the right time to get Ward."

"They are going to be in for a rude awakening come November 16. Don't get me wrong, he's tough, he's young. I was in his position in 2009 when I fought Kessler, I fought a seasoned veteran but the difference between Kessler and me is that Kessler took me lightly. He felt like oh this young guy, he's talented but...I'm looking at Edwin likes he's my toughest challenger up to this point. I know a lot of guys say that but I really am."

"You're only as good as your last performance so I can't rest on my laurels and go in to this fight with a big head because that's when guys who shouldn't get knocked off, get beat and there's an upset and that's not going to be the case on November 16."    

2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and WBA and RIng Magazine World Super Middleweight Champion Andre "S.O.G." Ward makes his highly anticipated return to the ring defending his title against Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday, November 16 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. Following slightly more than a year's absence from the ring due to injury, Bay Area hero, Ward (26-0, 13 KOs) will put his world titles on the line against the undefeated Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round World Championship main event, which will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 10-26-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13873531]But, you see, in the U.S there aren't even 3-4 fighters close to Ward's level to date... That is why Andre will be carefully protected there...[/QUOTE] Here's a newsflash for you. There aren't 3-4 fighters close to Ward's level in…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-25-2013

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;13873399]No. It's because him talking the talk and not walking the walk exposes him as a hypocrite of biblical proportions.[/QUOTE] I'm not the one who has to be convinced about Ward's supposed hypocrisy... But, you see, in the U.S there…

Comment by BattlingNelson on 10-25-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13872805]Ward's issue with testing is not new... I wonder why it strikes so bad just now!?! Is it because, lately, a significant number of fighters started taking VADA tests?[/QUOTE] No. It's because him talking the talk and not walking the…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-25-2013

Ward's issue with testing is not new... I wonder why it strikes so bad just now!?! Is it because, lately, a significant number of fighters started taking VADA tests?

Comment by zuldo on 10-25-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13872745]... It seems that the ballroom days are over even for Ward's followers... ... There were moments when Andre's name was almost "sacred" on discussion boards... ... I still think Ward will rebound in a strong manner -- even if…

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