Andre Ward vs. Allan Green

22 06 2010

I’m posting my story of Andre Ward’s convincing victory over Allan Green in the Super Six Boxing Classic last Saturday. Ward is one hell of a fighter. I’ve had the chance to see him fight twice now at the Oracle Arena and left impressed both times. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite boxers. OK. As always, you can read the story online here. And you can find some press conference video at the bottom of this post. Peace out.

Ward flawless in ‘boxing classic’ match
By Julio Lara Daily Journal Staff

 

When the Super Six World Boxing Classic was announced a year ago Andre Ward wasn’t considered a serious contender.

In fact, of the six original fighters slated to compete in the 168-pound tournament, some pegged Ward as the underdog. The Oakland native and Olympic gold medalist was a footnote. 

A lot can change in a year’s time.

In front of nearly 9,000 hometown fans at the Oracle Arena in Oakland Ward dominated tournament newcomer Allan Green, putting together his second straight commanding performance of the tournament with a 12-round unanimous decision.

Ward was flawless, overpowering and outclassing Green, who proved to a dog with all bark and no bite.

All three judges scored the fight 120-108 — it was the boxing equivalent of a perfect game.

“I feel like a real champion now,” Ward said, who was defending his WBA title for the first time after defeating Mikkel Kessler in the first round of the Boxing Classic. “I have a lot of respect for Allan Green. He told me afterward that he had a lot of respect for me. Prior to the fight I didn’t see it that way.”

Prior to the fight many believed that Green (29-2) had the power to defeat Ward, who in the past showed that he could be rattled by a strong puncher. The key for Ward was to neutralize Green’s biggest weapon: his left hook. 

The champ did that and more, showing his superior boxing IQ in the process. Ward took control of the fight in the third round when he pushed Green to the ropes and punished him from close range. From that moment on Green looked discouraged and the fight was rather lopsided. Ward mixed things up throughout the fight, utilizing his superior footwork to move Green around the ring — that is the Ward way. But what caught the attention of many on-lookers was Ward taking on the role of punisher. The change in styles baffled Green. The challenger was completely lost.

“I expected a tougher fight,” Ward said after his win. “It looks easy, but it never is easy,” he said.

Round after round Ward picked apart a clueless Green. Ward admitted to looking for the stoppage and the three points in the standings later in the bout but after taking a pounding to the body throughout the fight Green was never a threat to the champion and his unblemished record. 

“I knew it was going to be a clinic,” said fellow Super Six participant Andre Dirrell who was in the arena in support of his best friend and future opponent. “If Allan didn’t bring damage to Andre Ward early then he wasn’t going to do it at all. After the fourth round, I knew it was going to be a wrap.”

With the victory Saturday Ward became the first fighter to qualify for the semi-finals of the Super Six. Green will face Kessler in his next bout during the third phase of the tournament. 

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22 06 2010
James Newburg

This is a bit far off, of course, but if Andre Ward can run the table to win this tournament AND beat Lucian Bute, you could make the case that he is the greatest super middleweight of all time*. He’ll have cleaned out a much deeper 168 division than was there in Joe Calzaghe’s prime; Kessler, Lacy and Eubank were Calzaghe’s best wins at 168 (Hopkins and Jones were good wins, but at 175 – you can’t totally discount those fights, but it’s not enough to turn the comparison decisively in Joe C’s favor).

(*Honorable mention goes to Roy Jones for his brief stay at 168 based solely on his dismantling of a prime, undefeated James Toney. That is the kind of win that caps the career of most boxers.)

Also, are you covering Fedor vs Werdum on Saturday?

22 06 2010
julitolara

You know, Green showed a great chin during the fight – Ward hit him flush with a couple of power punches but Green took them well (this after admitting he was weak after over-training). Maybe there in lies Ward’s weakness – his lack of a true knock-out blow. That said, Ward is a brilliant technician in the ring and capable of running the table – I see him and Arthur Abraham in the final.
Yeah, I’ll most def be there for FEDOR — should be quite the event.

22 06 2010
James Newburg

See if you can talk to Michael Schiavello. Very knowledgable and funny MMA commentator.

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