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
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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
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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
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…
September 1st, 2013 By Kevin Perry
POUND FOR POUND CRITERIA
FLOYD STILL ON TOP UNTIL HE GETS BEAT!
#1-FLOYD MAYWEATHER (44-0, 26 KOs)
His record speaks for itself,and his level of opposition is top notch. At the end of the day he just continues to put W’s in the win column. Not always the most exciting fighter to watch, but until someone solves the puzzle he will continue to dominate fights. The object of boxing is not to take punishment but to dish it out. He exemplifies that notion in abundance.
#2-ANDRE WARD (26-0, 14 KOs)(168lbs)
Inactivity almost made me drop him from the list entirely, especially considering he doesn’t have an opponent scheduled. Dominance over top level foes earns the undisputed 168lb champion the spot as one of the top prizefighters. Stopped Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) in ten rounds in September 2012. Unfortunately that was the last time he entered the squared circle.
#3-JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ (55-6-1, 40 KOs)(147lbs)
Most significant victory of his career was his last fight over Manny Pacquaio(54-5-2, 38 KOs) (KO 6). Along with that win he has compiled a solid body of work that includes titles at 126, 130, 135, and 140lbs. His longevity in the sport cannot be ignored. Faces Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) in October for a shot at the WBO 147lb crown.
CUBAN DEFECTOR MAKES TOP FIVE
#4-GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX (12-0, 8 KOs)(122lbs)
One of the best amateurs in history, a two time Olympic Gold medal winner, the Cuban decisively defeated Filipino star Nonito Donaire (31-2, 22 KOs) (UD12) in April. The fight was considered a toss up by some experts and Donaire was favored as high as 3-1 in sports books. Rigondeaux displayed a plethora of skills in outboxing the Filipino. He wound up unifying the WBO and WBA junior featherweight titles with the victory. The WBA belt he earned in his 9th pro bout stopping then undefeated Rico Ramos (21-2, 11 KOs).
#5-CARL FROCH (31-2, 22 KOs) (168lbs)
Has compiled the toughest schedule in boxing in the last few years. Only losses were to Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs), avenging the defeat to Kessler by unanimous decision in his last outing. Scored impressive wins over two undefeated Canadians; Jean Pascal (27-2-1, 16 KOs) (UD 12) and Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs)(TKO 5).
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July 14th, 2013 By Zachory Young
“DOE IN THE HEADLIGHTS” & “LAMPS” ON BOXING’S BEST
Los Angeles, CA- HBO talking heads Jim “Bang Bang” Lampley and Max “The Doe” Kellerman had a discussion about the best ‘pound for pound’ fighters in the world on a recent edition of Lampley’s show “The Fight Game.” While the two made decent cases for the fighters on their lists, I took issue with a few of the picks.
May 29th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
CARL FROCH “THE REAL DRAW” AT 168?
San Francisco, CA- Bernard Hopkins: These two have been talking about a possible fight with one another the past few weeks. For Hopkins, it would be one more opportunity to tame a younger fighter on a hot streak, albeit in a sleep induced manner, it’s something he has built a reputation in doing.
CARL WOULD FINALLY END HOPKINS RUN?
For Froch it would be a chance to beat “The Executioner” more convincingly than his rival, former champion Joe Calzaghe, did and add to the debate about who is the greater British super middleweight. B-Hop seems to feast on opponents with Froch’s come forward aggressive style but the Brit is a tough S.O.B and it’s not inconceivable that he walks through the shots of the ex-con.
BERNARD WILL NEED TO BE “HEEL” IN UK
Once again however, for this bout to happen it would have to take place on British soil where Carl doesn’t seem keen on leaving. Playing the “bad guy” in the promotion is easy for Hopkins, thus he seems willing to, after having travelled to Canada twice to fight Jean Pascal but another possible obstacle is that Hopkins fights at 175 lbs. and Carl at 168. Once again, Froch doesn’t want to leave the comforts of his home division but perhaps a compromise can be arranged since the Philly legend fought both Kelly Pavlik and Winky Wright at a catchweight of 170.
FIRST HOPKINS HAS “UNKNOWN” SUMMER FOE
We’ll see what happens after the IBF light heavyweight (175) champion makes the defense of his title on July 13th against Karo Murat.
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May 28th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
San Francisco, CA- In what can easilly be desribed as a spirited 12 round encounter, Carl Froch outpointed Mikkel Kessler Saturday in London to even up their series at one win a piece. Froch showed lots of heart, resiliency, activity and his refusing to budge from anything his rival threw at him. “The Cobra” from Nottingham, UK doesn’t do anything especially well (except take a punch) but he is a winner, going 8-2 in his last 10 bouts against an unparalleled level of opposition.
WHAT DIRECTION WILL “THE COBRA” RECOIL?
Andre Ward II: This match seems to be the most natural course for both men. Froch has already avenged his other loss at 31-2, so it just seems fitting to do the same with the other blemish on his record. However, there seems to be a few roadblocks getting in the way of this fight being made.
FROCH BETTER DRAW THAN ANDRE WARD
First off, Ward may be the man to beat and the real “champion” of their division, despite what the alphabet groups say, but the reality is that boxing is more than just a sport; it is the entertainment business. For this reason, despite their rankings, “The Cobra” is the draw of the division and holds plenty of the swaying power in negotiations. In other words, Carl Froch, being the more exciting fighter and participating in the more dramatic bouts, puts more asses in seats than Andre Ward.
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May 27th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Saturday, May 24, 2013
O2 Arena, London, UK- (HBO) Carl Froch (32-2, 22 KOs) UD 12 Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) (IBF 168 lb. title) Froch was rolling early and had things in hand through ten frames before Kessler, needed the KO to win, went for it in round eleven and didn’t get it. Both fighters felt the sting of the other, but Brit was the better man this evening. Froch wants another bout with World 168 lb. king Andre Ward.
“HOME COOKING” AT PLAY IN ARGENTINA?
Argentina- Champion Omar Andres Narvaez (39-1-2, 20 KOs) SD 12 Felipe Orucuta (27-2, 23 KOs) (WBO 115 lb. title) Most people feel Oruceta did enough, if not “more” than enough to win here with a strong finish. Because of the controversy, does this mean the WBO mandates a rematch? Told you in preview that unless Orucuta gets “lightning in a bottle,” he’s losing on points.
Friday, May 23, 2013
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