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Andre Ward: Rodriguez Only Came To Get Lucky

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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by davidw9785 on 11-18-2013

[QUOTE=BoxingFan82;13936778]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…

Comment by TheNotoriousOne 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…

Comment by Respect Power on 11-17-2013

[QUOTE=Boskop;13937058]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;13937489]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…

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