ANDRE WARD BEST OLYMPIAN SINCE RAY LEONARD

November 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Late Angelo Dundee-Ray Leonard

Angelo Dundee-Ray Leonard

WARD DOESN’T LOSE A ROUND

San Francisco, CA–What can you say about Andre Ward, whether it’s against great opposition, or in the case of Edwin Rodriguez, poor opposition, the champ took Rodriguez school, beat on him, and in the end, Ward being the principal of pugilism that he is, expelled Rodriguez with 36 minutes of total dominance.

Andre Ward-Edison Miranda

Andre Ward-Edison Miranda

ANTI WARD BLOGS

There are those of you that think Andre Ward fights in a boring style, yet you still watch them, because he may be the very best there is right now period. Andre is by far the best athlete in boxing. In other words, “Ward could’ve excelled in many sports,” so says boxing historian Ron Marshall.

BEST TO PRO RANKS SINCE RAY LEONARD?

As the camera shot between rounds went to Ray Leonard, “Sugar Ray” Leonard that is, it’s like I told you many years ago, even before the Floyd Mayweather era evolved, Andre was the best amateur to turn professional since Leonard in 1976. For some it was hard to believe, if not unbelievable that I would make such a claim, but in the many years of watching this once skinny kid develop into an Olympic champion and then, not just an alphabet champion, the world super middleweight champion, who has never been in real danger of losing a fight.

REFEREE GIVES HIMSELF “STANDING EIGHT COUNT”


Edwin Rodriguez of the Dominican Republic was the “challenger” but was he really? A crude brawler, Rodriguez initiated a two-way foul fest. Referee Jack Reiss had his hands full from the start and he got clipped, punched, by Rodriguez when he and Andre got into a Pierce 6 brawl in round four. As for referee Reiss, he sort of gave himself a standing eight count after being hit by an errant Rodriguez blow by delaying things he until his head was clear.

THE BEST SINCE LEONARD?

Some will argue with me say that Floyd Mayweather or Oscar De La Hoya, that they were as great or greater than Ward. De La Hoya, like Ward a converted left hander is inferior, and Floyd did not even snag a Gold medal, let alone like Ward did fighting 13 lbs. over his norm at 178 lbs. and not 165.

WORK ETHICS NEVER AN ISSUE

Even when he was no more than 15 and watching him at King’s Gym in Oakland, CA, that work ethic was always there, including his pushing an old car around a shopping center parking lot in Hayward, CA being part of his training.

WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FROM WARD?

I don’t think he’ll be mumbling at the age of 45 with his style. Although I would have like to have seen Ward stop Rodriguez, it’s like Emanuel Steward said about Wladimir Klitschko a few times, “I would have like to have seen him close the show, but he won every round, what more can you ask for?”

SEE THE FAMILY RINGSIDE NAYSAYERS?

Some of the blood thirsty fans are trying to discredit the native San Franciscan for not being more exciting. Did you see that family, led by wife Tiffany? If you really think Ward risking his health by standing toe to toe for your entertainment trumps that, than you are delusional.

Pedro Fernandez

COMMENTS

  1. @Pedro
    Do you think Ward vs Bhop is a good fight?

    dondon on November 18th, 2013 at 2:08 AM
  2. Bernard has no chance against Ward. Bernard was already soundly defeated by Calzaghe who was very good but probably not quite as good as Ward. Also this happened years ago, when Bernard was younger.

    Ivan on November 18th, 2013 at 11:12 AM
  3. When you say best Olympian fighter do you mean from the USA. While I hate to say this because I was always a big Hearns fan, Sugar Ray had very underrated power and would push on the gas pedal whenever he had an opponent hurt. And what about Roy Jones. Never liked him, never will but in his prime I would make him a definite favorite over Ward.

    jeff lowery on November 18th, 2013 at 2:52 PM
  4. Great fight by Ward. Not sure what else he can do, maybe unify some of the titles. Or maybe face GGG in 2014 or 15 when he beefs up a bit.

    Uppercut on November 18th, 2013 at 11:45 PM
  5. I disagree with you, Floyd for me is the best. I see u said Floyd didn’t get a gold medal, come on Pedro, u r better than that, u and I know that Floyd was cheated when he “lost” to the Bulgarian at the Olympics. Even the referee raised Floyd’s hand after the fight.
    I have nothing against Andre, he is a very good fighter, but Floyd man is the GOAT. He is the first American to beat a Cuban at the Olympics and would have easily won the Gold at the Olympics if it wasn’t for the referee and politics in boxing.
    AND LASTLY, ANDRE HAS TO ACCEPT RANDOM BLOOD TESTS, HE REFUSED FOR THE RODRIGUEZ FIGHT. i believe if u not hiding anything, go for random tests.

    dave on November 19th, 2013 at 5:41 AM
  6. Dave, You are crazy man. Floyd isn’t the best of all time and Ward didn’t refuse random blood tests. If you want to do testing, you have to bring it up “before” the fight, not during a press conference. Look at like this…just say Rodriguez was cycling or using PED’s, then decided to ask Ward to do random tests after he already cycled off? That way he wouldn’t be detected. They were way too close to the fight for random tests to even have a real point in my view. If you want to do random tests you either do it once the contracts are signed or do it year around. Rodriguez had good intentions, but I feel it was somewhat a publicity stunt.If I was Ward I would be somewhat concerned about Victor Conte sponsoring drug testing when their relationship appears estranged. There’s a lot of factors here that if you put yourself in someones shoes you’d have a better chance at understanding.

    Kevin Perry on November 19th, 2013 at 10:06 AM
  7. Floyd is a great fighter but not the greatest. And I agree, Rodriguez went about it all wrong. And then in the end failed to make weight. Is nobody noticing that all of Contes high profile fighters, I say high profile because I really don’t know if he has any fighters that are not big names but all his fighters have either had problems making weight, seem to be weakened by weight, have not looked good in their biggest fights and have all had shoulder injuries requiring surgery for the most part?

    PJ on November 19th, 2013 at 11:18 AM
  8. Great is an over used word, like hero, these days. History may tell us if Floyd and Ward are great in historical perspective. Right now neither qualify

    Santa Cruz Jim on November 19th, 2013 at 1:53 PM
  9. I agree.. i think rodriguez went about it the wrong way…if it was such a big deal, why not bring it up during the long drawn out negotiations? on top of it, he doesn’t make weight?? smh

    1200 Techs on November 19th, 2013 at 3:22 PM
  10. u guys can try to justify all u want about Random Tests but Andre shouldn’t have waited for Rodriguez to request random tests, he should have requested them himself. He was the bigger draw, the champion, and if he wanted Random tests we were going to have random tests. Like i said Andre is a very good fighter, but he has given people grounds to doubt he is natural.I see u guys are taking a dig at Conte, but lets not forget that Andre has history with Conte, Conte has helped him. Iam just saying it as it is. IT IS WHAT IT IS.
    I still maintain Floyd is the man though, Love him, Hate him, he delivers all the time.

    dave on November 20th, 2013 at 5:36 AM
  11. Floyd is a great. All you have to do is look at his resume. He has been the Lineal Champ at 130, 135, 147 and 154 not to mention held a title at 147. That there is great status. The fact that nobody can really compete with him also proves his great status. Ward is not great yet but seems to be on his way with the way he cleaned out the 168lb division with no problems.

    PJ on November 20th, 2013 at 8:06 AM
  12. Floyd is not great. Has refused to fight the best competition for all kinds of reasons and level of competition these days is poor, so lets wait until he is retired and we can look at his career in retrospect. Why must everyone use the word “great” all the time? In modern society everyone is great. In my generation you had to earn it. And not just in boxing

    Santa Cruz Jim on November 20th, 2013 at 8:11 PM
  13. Santa Cruz, don’t you find it funny that virtually ALL of the fighters Floyd “avoided” are with Bob Arum? Can’t you guys connect the dots?

    todaline on November 23rd, 2013 at 9:26 AM

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