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 Last update:  11/17/2013       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Andre Ward: Rodriguez Only Came To Get Lucky
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WBA super middleweight world champion Andre Ward has made a triumphant return after a 14-month layoff, downing Edwin Rodriguez by unanimous decision in a showdown of unbeaten boxers. Judges awarded Ward the victory by scores of 118-106, 117-107, 116-108, boosting Ward's record to 27-0 while Rodriguez fell to 24-1. Saturday night's fight in Ontario was the first for Ward in 14 months, the longest break of his career after right shoulder surgery in January.

Ward had already been assured of keeping his World Boxing Association crown because Rodriguez failed to make weight, tipping the scales on Friday at 170 pounds, two pounds over the weight division limit.

"In my first world championship fight, there's no way I wouldn't make weight. I'm a professional," Ward said. "He didn't even try to make weight. He didn't come to win. He came to get lucky and hold and find a way to win.

"Boxing is a tough enough business not to have to put up with illegal blows. I don't mind if it's accidental, but I don't like when it's intentional illegal blows. [Referee] Jack [Reiss] put it right. He wants to win the lottery. Even when he's hurt he is still looking for that one punch so you have to be smart about it."

"Against a fighter like that, it's not always going to be a spectacular performance, but it's nice to be back after 14 months and it was a great performance.

Tags: Andre Ward , Edwin Rodriguez , Ward-Rodriguez , Ward vs Rodriguez


 

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comment by davidw9785, on 11-18-2013
[QUOTE=BoxingFan82]Thanks for stopping by. I think, however, that you're looking for a different sport. This is boxing, and if you can't appreciate the application of the sweet science at the highest level, there are other combat sports that might be more to your liking. Or you could just go down...

comment by Golovkin, on 11-17-2013
... And you came to hug, clinch and just show everybody why you are not a P4P fighter. Sorry, that's just the reality of it.

comment by vman075, on 11-17-2013
I dont know why people think ward is so boring, I thought the fight last night was entertaining. One sided? ABSOLUTELY. But I thought he did all he could to make a good fight out of it. I mean the kessler fight ok i get that it was all holding, hugging and a lot of headbutts. But the rest of the ...

comment by Respect Power, on 11-17-2013
[QUOTE=Boskop]next day from a Mayweather fight: 1469 comments per sunday post. next day from a Ward fight: 13 comments per post[/QUOTE] I guess if it was called posting ward would be in the wrong sport

comment by BoxingFan82, on 11-17-2013
[QUOTE=parrish duke]Good to see people on here sticking up for real boxers. People on here hating need to realize that the Andre Wards / b hops / may weathers etc.. Would get more Jo's if their opponents pressed the action more. After about the 3rd round they are in survival mode - Ward / b hop /...

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