August 21st, 2014 By Kevin Perry
DOES ANDRE WARD STILL DESERVE TO BE ON THE LIST?
1. Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs)
WBC and WBA welterweight champion
Not on the top of his game anymore as evidenced by his majority win last time out against Marcos Maidana. Still he is the best fighter in the game until he gets beat.
2. Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs)
WBA supermiddleweight champion
Ward at this stage is semi-retired. He currently is consumed with on-going litigation with his promoter Dan Goossen. Ward has also filed a federal lawsuit against Gooosen claiming he violated the Muhammed Ali Act by not providing financial disclosure for some of his earlier fights. Goossen is firing back with a 10 million dollar defamation suit. As this thing gets uglier don’t expect to see Ward in any significant fights anytime soon. I added him here, but he has no fights scheduled this year.
3. Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs)
WBO and WBA super bantamweight champion
Technically gifted and great all around talent. Now that his contract with Top Rank is over, a significant fight with WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz looms on the horizen. Many claim of the Cubans boring style, but against the right opponent such as Santa Cruz should make for an entertaining affair.
4. Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs)
WBO welterweight champion
Has slipped a little in the last few years but has still picked up some notable wins since being stopped by Juan Manuel Marquez. Beat an undefeated Tim Bradley by a wide margin to get back his WBO welterweight title, and the fight before that he shut out Brandon Rios. The Filipino congressman faces WBO junior welterweight belt-holder Chris Algieri in November in Macau, China.
5. Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs)
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August 19th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young
DIRRELL IS NOW A CHAMPION
WARD MAY WANT THE BELT BACK
The WBC, which is not exactly the cleanest of organizations, decided to strip Ward of the belt he rightfully earned because of inactivity. Because he did not lose his belt in the ring, Ward should be viewed as the rightful champion. Andre vacated his “champion emiritus” status after the WBC stripped him last year. This prevented him from being able to fight for the title, but Ward may decide to take on a new opponent like Dirrell to reaffirm his status as the best at 168. Because Ward already beat Bika soundly, a rematch made no sense, but a fight with Dirrell would actually be a legitimate match up.
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August 6th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- The headline is no tease, it’s reality based on boxing history. You remember the old adage, “a good big man beats a good little man.” With the exception of the few and far between, Henry Armstrong and Roberto Duran were two of the exceptions to this golden rule of boxing.
Are Canelo, GGG, Ward and Kovalev good enough to defy size and history? Let’s look at the 154 lb. champ Saul Alvarez who is 44-1-1, 31 KO’s and a youngster at 24. How would he match up with Gennady Golovkin, the people’s (and WBA) World middleweight (160) champion?
Ring Magazine recognizes Puerto Rican (39-4, 32 KOs) Miguel Cotto, who recently thrashed linear champ Sergio Martinez. Cotto-Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) is a mismatch, one in which Cotto would be punished in a manner near criminal.
Back to the fight at hand, Saul vs. GGG looks like a rout as Alvarez would be dismayed by the power and speed of Golovkin displaying what some say a style that has a lot of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez about it. (What do you think about that?) The brute force of GGG beating Canelo to the punch ends this one early for the Mexican mauler.
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July 18th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
POLITICS IN FULL EFFECT SATURDAY ON HBO2
Las Vegas, NV- It’s official. Being a great fighter is not the criteria for getting an appearance on HBO. Should HBO just start showing club fighters on TV? Saturday they have made one step forward in that direction. Two time Olympic champion Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO), who in essence is still fighting at the club level as a pro, faces Luis De La Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs) in a flyweight (112lb) bout from Macau, China on Saturday afternoon (5pm ET/PT) on HBO. Rosa is your typical opponent with a decent record built up against the usual suspects.
In his last bout he stopped a foe that boasted a disgraceful 0-20 record. The bout before that the Columbian was kayoed in 2 rounds against Moises Fuentes(19-2, 10 KOs). The 33 year-old Shiming is a superstar in China and is expected to bring more attention and popularity to the sport in the Chinese market. Can he fight? Hard to tell with the level of foes he has faced thus far.
It is clear that the Freddie Roach trained Shiming has a long way to go in perfecting the professional style of boxing. While HBO will be broadcasting this bout, WBA and WBO 122lb champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) fights on the undercard against Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28 KOs). However his fight will be shown later in the evening on Unimas (11pm ET/PT), a spanish language network.
RIGO IN HIS LAST FIGHT UNDER TOP RANK
HBO has shown no interest in broadcasting the Cuban born Rigondeaux’s future fights. Labeled by a percentage of the boxing contingent as “boring”, his promoter Top Rank has had difficulty securing serious opponents for the Cuban. It’s obvious that after embarrassing one of their start clients in Filipino star Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) last year, the promoter wants to have nothing to do with him. He can be exciting against the right opponents, but his bout against Donaire was the definition of a chess match. Casual fans who watch boxing and view it purely as a blood sport, more than likely don’t appreciate the skills of the former two time Olympic Gold medalist.
UNKNOWNS MAKE HBO UNDERCARD
Instead of the pound for pound talent, the HBO undercard will feature Mexico’s Gilberto Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) against New Zealands Junior Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs) in a super middleweight(168lb) contest. Ramirez stopped former middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo in 5 rounds in his last outing. With universally recognized super middleweight(168lb) champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) on HBO’s payroll, its possible that Ramirez could become a potential opponent if he is successful on Saturday.
March 22nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- In a segment of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, undefeated jr. welterweight contender Karim Mayfield, the “man who beat the man, who beat the man.” Most pundits seem to be on Mauricio Herrera’s side of the fence when it comes to who his fight with recognized World champ Danny Garcia.
SCORE CARDS WERE NOT CLOSE
That being said, 3 fights ago on Herrera’s ledger he dropped a unanimous nod to Karim (18-0-1, 11 KOs) with scored of 98-92 or 8-2 rounds, 97-93, 7-3 and 96-94, 6-4. Does Karim think Herrera beat Danny Garcia? Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalov, Karim expands on that and more.
KARIM IN HBO SEMI MAIN EVENT UNDER KOVALOV-AGNEW
The “Hard Hitta” from San Francisco’s Western Edition faces once beaten Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) in the HBO curtain raiser for Sergey Kovalov-Cedric Agnew this coming Saturday night Match 29 from Atlantic City.
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February 18th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
Las Vegas, NV-It’s apparent that the popularity of boxing in the US has been waning for quite a few years now. Many of the world’s top fighters are from foreign shores and the USA boxing amateur team failed to medal in the 2012 games. Out of that squad the only fighter who appears to have title winning potential is Errol Spence (11-0, 9 KOs). In 2008 we had heavyweight Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) win the Bronze medal amidst a very limited amateur career.
While the 6’7 Wilder’s record appears to be impressive, Deontay, who is trained by Mark Breland, a 1984 Olympic Gold medalist, has yet to beat a viable contender and he’s been a professional since 2008. This list is an effort to highlight the best talent we do have here, even though it’s future prospects leave something to be desired. While Floyd Mayeather is still at the top at 36 years of age, it remains to be seen if the talent is there to carry the torch. The fact that Bernard Hopkins continues as one of the best in the country and worldwide highlights both the lack of depth in talent in the US and that Hopkins remains a marvel at age 49. Here is a breakdown of pound for pound the best fighters in the United States.
1.Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) 147lbs
2.Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) 168lbs
3.Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) 147lbs
4.Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) 140lbs
5. Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) 175lbs READ MORE…
January 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Unlike New Jersey Governor Chris Christie whose “Bridge Scandal” has imploded political career overnight, undisputed World champion Andre Ward still has a lot left even though he snagged the Olympic Gold medal almost ten years ago at the 2004 games in Athens. Having known the kid, yes Andre Ward was a skinny kid born in San Francisco and Oakland resident some 17-18 or so years ago, I am truly of the mindset that he has yet to reach his zenith.
UNBEATEN SLATE SINCE LIKE 1996
Looking at his resume courtesy of BoxRec.com, the record is unblemished at 27-0 with 14 KOs, Ward fought i the Olympics at 178 lbs. in order to allow his friend Andre Dirrell to fight at and get the Bronze at 165. Having picked him to win the Gold, I would explain his physical size disadvantage to people and they would ask, “So why are you picking him?” Because athletes like Andre Ward don’t come along too often in boxing.
BEST OLYMPIAN SINCE RAY LEONARD IN 1976
What I mean by that is Ward, one month shy of 30, Andre could have played football, basketball, just about any sport because of this unique gift that can best be described as “pure raw athletic talent.” Historian Ronald Marshall thinks that Ward has the talent to out box cruiserweights, albeit coming in lighter than 200. “He isn’t as fluid as “Sugar Ray” Leonard, but he’s every bit as good.”
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November 25th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk Worldwide, the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, went with the unbeaten, undisputed super middleweight (168 lb.) champion heavyweight boxer Andre Ward talking everything from Julio Cesar Chavez to light heavyweights, to currently being #2 to Floyd Mayweather. Ward is as articulate as they come and gets his points across well. Gennady Golovkin and the Klitschko bros. promoter Tom Loeffler was also part of the mix. Listen to this PARTICULAR program with Andre Ward by clicking on the black arrow in the gray box or the play button above.
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November 21st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– Fresh off his shutout win over Edwin Rodriguez, world super middleweight champion Andre Ward will appear this Saturday on the longest-running fight showing history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” at 11 AM PT. You can join us live on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network, I Heart Radio Network, American Forces Network or you can come to RingTalk.com and listen to the show live BY clicking here
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November 19th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
San Francisco, CA- This past Saturday evening undisputed World champion Andre Ward completely outclassed Edwin Rodriguez in a battle of undefeated super middleweights. It didn’t matter that Ward was coming off a 14 month layoff and going up against a fresh opponent who had fought three times within that span. Nor did it matter that Rodriguez failed to make the 168 pound weight limit and carried a size advantage going into the ring with the “Son of God”. Ward put on a brilliant boxing masterpiece and sustained his status as the pound for pound number two fighter in the world behind Floyd Mayweather.
ANDRE NEEDS SOMETHING TO SEPARATE HIMSELF FROM FLOYD
But the questions are being begged now: what can the 2004 Olympic Gold medalist do from here to further enhance his legacy? Can he go from being merely a well known fighter to a superstar? Will he ever reign supreme in the unofficial and controversial yet wonder inducing pound for pound rankings? Or will he always be in the backseat as long as Floyd Mayweather is active?
WARD HAS KNOCKED OVER EVERY BOWLING PIN AT 168
Andre Ward has cleaned out the super middleweight division like no one else has done to their weight class in a long time. There is simply no one left for him to fight. Ward’s team has spoken of a rematch with Carl Froch but the brash Brit could make much more money fighting on the other side of the pond against lesser opposition. A fight with WBA 160 lb. guy Gennady Golovkin is possible down the line but the bad ass from Kazakhstan is busy chasing Sergio Martinez in his attempt to be the “real” middleweight champ. There is the possibility that George Groves upsets Froch in their bout this Saturday but a win over the young and unproven Groves would do little to increase Ward’s standing in the eyes of the public.
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November 18th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
LISTEN TO BOXING HOUR OF RINGTALK RADIO!
San Francisco, CA- Writer Zak Young who was ringside for Andre Ward’s dominant 12 round nod over Edwin Rodriguez is the featured guest as we look to the future and the recent past in boxing. This is the Sunday, November 17, 2013 edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years. Listen by hitting the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.
November 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
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.
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.
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November 17th, 2013 By Zak "Attack" Young
Ontario, CA- World champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) pitched a shutout against formerly undefeated Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs). From the opening bell, Ward landed crisp blows to the head, while Rodriquez was swinging at air for the most part. In round 4, referee Jack Reiss took 2 points from both fighters after getting tagged while trying to separate them. It was an unneeded move but had no bearing on a masterful performance by Ward. Scores were 118-106, 117-107, 116-108 for the king of the super middleweight (168) division.
RODRIGUEZ PUSHED REFEREE TO HIS LIMIT
Although nobody knows what is going on in someones mind, referee Reiss appeared beyond just irritated with Rodriguez and rightfully so. The Dominican fighter, forget the fact he didn’t make weight for a championship fight, committed foul after foul, before and after the deduction of points. He could have been DQ’d a number of times.
FORMER AMATEUR STANDOUT CLIMBING LADDER
Super middleweight contender Brandon Gonzalez (18-0-1, 10 KOs) won a unanimous decision after 10 over Jonathan Nelson (18-1, 8 KOs). Nelson started well and won the first two rounds on my card, but was soon bullied on the inside by the shorter Gonzalez and was handled for the most part in his first professional loss. Scores were 99-91 twice and 98-92.
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November 14th, 2013 By John Signorella
ANDRE WARD IS BACK!
New York, NY- Boxing’s epic 2013 schedule continues this weekend and is highlighted by an eagerly anticipated return of one of the sport’s best “pound for pound” pugs.
BUT DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
After a yearlong hiatus, WBA super middleweight champ (168) Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) puts his undefeated record and trophy on the line against unbeaten, but untested scrapper Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of pound at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Televised coverage begins at 10 PM ET on HBO.
As evident in his last several outings, (simply put): Andre Ward has displayed undeniable world-class ring generalship to the masses. Before entering Showtime’s highly acclaimed “Super Six Tournament”, Ward created a “buzz” in the biz when he dominated rugged two-time IBF title challenger Edison Miranda on points. After the drumming of Miranda, Andre captured his first world title in stunning fashion against former WBC belt holder Mikkel Kessler (W TD 11) and followed up that stellar showing with commanding performances resulting in victories over Allan Green (W UD 12) and former “Contender” TV series winner Sakio Biko (W UD 12). Ward then went on to dismantle and expose former titleholders and one-dimensional bullies Arthur Abraham (W UD 12) and Carl Froch (W UD 12) to finally win the “Super Six “ tourney. In the aftermath of being crowned as the best super middleweight pugilist on the planet, Andre was pitted opposite of, and destroyed former light heavyweight (175) belt holder Chad Dawson (W TKO 10). From his recent efforts of acclaim, Andre Ward has garnered mainstream appeal and is currently recognized among the elite “pound for pound” fighters in the world.
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September 26th, 2013 By RingTalk
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE LINEAGE IN QUESTION
Thousand Oaks,Ca- On November 16th, a rare fight will take place. The undefeated lineal light heavyweight champion will fight the undefeated lineal Super Middleweight Champion. Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) faces Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) for his 168 lb. world title.
It’s a rare fight indeed, especially since hardly anybody realizes that Rodriguez is the legit 175 lb. champ. The Worcester, Massachusetts resident, originally from the Dominican Republic, won his lineal title the right way; he beat the man who beat the man who beat…you get the rest. Roy Jones Jr. who started this whole lineal 175 lb. mess when he beat the man who won the vacant alphabet title that was stripped from the man.Twice!
RODRIGUEZ HOLDS LINEAL TITLE AT 175LBS
Make no mistake, Rodriguez is the man at 175 lbs., no matter what the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, or even the Ring Magazine says. Interestingly, the Ring Magazine helped out with this whole mess when they awarded Roy Jones their Ring belt, simply because he had 3 of the alphabet titles. If the Ring Magazine had done their homework- which they obviously didn’t – they would have realized that had the Ring’s championship policy existed in 1996, Virgil Hill would have been their champion after he beat Henry Maske. The title would’ve then passed to Dariusz Michalchczewski, then Julio Gonzalez, then Zsolt Erdei, who was beaten this year by Denis Grachev, who was disposed of in one round in July of this year by the aforementioned Rodriguez. Notice the name Roy Jones missing from that list of lineal champs. READ MORE…