Super middleweight Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) will face off against unbeaten ##1 WBC, #3 WBA, 3 IBF, #6 WBO, Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KO’s) on November 16th on HBO. There still isn’t a venue for the fight yet, but Dan Rafael is saying that the fight won’t take place in Ward’s home city of Oakland, California.
The 29-year-old Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who will be making his sixth title defense, won the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament in December 2011 before being off for more than eight months because of a hand injury and the birth of a child. Ward returned last September to hammer then-light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, who had come down in weight to challenge for Ward’s title, into a 10th-round knockout in a brilliant performance.
Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs), 28, of Worcester, Mass., and the No. 1 American contender at 168 pounds, is coming off his biggest victory, an unexpected first-round knockout of contender Denis Grachev on July 13 in the final of the Monaco Million Dollar Super Four tournament, for which he earned the $600,000 winner’s share. The opposition in the 4-fighter tournament was God awful and it didn’t prove much of anything that Rodriguez won the tournament because pretty much everyone were guys that were more fringe contenders that top guys. Rodriguez also beat little known Argentinian Ezequiel Maderna in the tourney.
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