By: Dallas Orysiuk
It has been over a year since Andre Ward, one of boxing’s Pound 4 Pound elite, has been in the ring. This Saturday, from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, Andre Ward, 26-0 (14 KOs) defends his WBA Super World super middleweight title against unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs).
Andre Ward is one of boxing’s most talented fighters, earning a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics and has one of the best resumes in the game. Although his record is impressive, his style is not the most fan friendly and Ward has had trouble capturing public interest. Regardless of his fighting style, there is no questioning Ward’s skill which was on display against Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham, Saiko Bika and Mikkel Kessler. His most recent fight came against Chad Dawson last September, where he embarrassed Dawson, forcing him to quit in 10th. Standing in the way of his comeback is the tough Edwin Rodriguez.
In his previous fight, Edwin Rodriguez demolished Denis Grachev via a first round TKO. The victory was impressive; Grachev is a solid fighter and was never before stopped. Rodriguez may lack the experience of Ward, but is tough and has a couple of good victories. Edwin is a solid fight for Ward coming off of shoulder surgery and a long layoff.
It will be interesting to see how Andre Ward fares coming off the surgery and layoff. Rodriguez is a game opponent, but assuming the layoff and surgery has not affected him Ward should be able to handle him. It may not be the most exciting, but it is a pleasure to see someone as skilled as Ward. Tune in this Saturday on HBO to watch the fight live.by