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Rodriguez: I Don't Respect Ward, I Will Punch His Face

By Mike Coppinger

Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16KOs) is considered a sizeable underdog heading into Saturday's HBO bout with Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs), but he's not acting like a man facing long odds.

The athletic puncher clearly has a chip on his shoulder and expressed supreme confidence at Wednesday's final news conference in Ontario, Calif.

"I respect Andre Ward," Rodriguez said. "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."

Rodriguez is undefeated and Saturday marks his first world title opportunity. Ward, the lineal super middleweight champion, will be fighting for the first time in 14 months.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tobi.G on 11-16-2013

Its a shame that Rodriguez dont take the sport of boxing serious and come in 2 pounds over the limit in his most important fight of his life! With that kind of attitude he will never be a good one!

Comment by US Dirk Killer on 11-15-2013

Homeboy gonna be drained... didn't stand a chance either way

Comment by firstborn on 11-15-2013

[QUOTE]If he's that badly drained, I'm sure the fight is still a go. Ward knows a drained fighter when he sees one.[/QUOTE] What other choice do they have? The show must go on, cancelling the fight would be career suicide!

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 11-15-2013

Edwin is overrated and he has the same chance anyone has in the ring, a puncher's chance. He may get lucky with some winging home run shot but I don't see it. This will be a one-sided clinic. Edwin loses…

Comment by El Angel on 11-15-2013

Watch everyone say Ward drained Rodriguez now :lol1: It's his fault a career SMW couldn't make weight for the biggest fight of his life.

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