Two excellent articles, Ward-Rodriguez Fight

Long time Bay Area photographer and sports writer Malaika Kambon has been covering Andre’s career and fights for a number of years. She recently wrote two excellent articles about his victory against Rodriguez in Ontario.

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And still WBA champion of the world! Andre Ward outclasses Edwin Rodriguez

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And Still WBA champion of the world! And Ward outclasses Edwin Rodriguez

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Fight Photos: Ward, Rodriguez

423ONTARIO, (Nov. 16) – Two days ago defending WBA and Ring Magazine Champion Andre “S.O.G”. Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) declared that he would come back better than ever after a 14-month layoff, and he lived up to his claim on Saturday night by dominating challenger Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs) in earning a lopsided unanimous decision victory at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.

Scores were 118-106, 117-107, 116-108.

Billed as “THE RETURN”, the HBO® World Championship Boxing televised main event was the headliner of a nine-bout card presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and sponsored by Toyota, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, and the City of Ontario. The Ward-Rodriguez bout was presented in association with S.O.G. Promotions and DiBella Entertainment.

Due to the Worcester, MA fighter’s inability to make the 168-pound limit, Ward’s world title was not at stake. However, an obviously irritated but focused Ward seemed bent on punishing Rodriguez for what he called “lack of professionalism”, and his speed and sharp, crisp punches landed at will.

In what was a hotly contested bout with a high dose of nastiness, Ward and Rodriguez were each penalized two points by referee Jack Reiss in the fourth round for failing to break at his instructions and upon his attempts to pull the pair apart.

435“We had two highly trained athletes full of adrenalin and emotion,” the veteran referee observed. “I deducted two points from each of them and warned them that the deduction of another point would result in a disqualification. That was done with the intent to produce an exciting, competitive fight all the way to its conclusion. And it did.”

“We knew he would come out and try and bull me,” said Ward, who showed no ill effects from his inactivity following surgery to his right shoulder.

“Instead of trying to win rounds he was looking to land one big shot. He wanted to make it ugly and hope he could land something big. Jack Reiss did a tremendous job keeping the action going.”

“He was putting his head down a little too much,” a frustrated Rodriguez pointed out. “Andre Ward is very tricky, but does not have a lot of power in his right hand. I am just disappointed in my performance. The weight had nothing to do with it. He’s a good fighter. What can I say?”

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Results from Ontario, CA

WBA/WBC SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs, Oakland, CA), W TKO 10 over Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs, New Haven, CT).
Ward retains WBA & WBC Super Middleweight Titles.

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Brandon Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KOs, Sacramento, CA) W UD 10 over Jonathan Nelson (13-3-2, 3 KOs, Little Rock, AK

MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Sergio Mora (25-3-2, 7 KOs, Los Angeles, CA) W KO 5 (2:53) over Milton Nunez (26-9-1, 24 KOs, Barranquilla, Colombia)

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Tony Hirsch (14-5-2, 6 KOs, Oakland, CA) W UDEC 6 over Donyil Livingston (8-4-1, 4 KOs, Palmdale, CA)

SUPER WELTERWEIGHTS (2)
Oscar Molina (7-0, 6 KOs, Norwalk, CA) W TKO 4 (3:00) over Carlos Sanchez (6-5, 2 KOs, Denver, CO)
Justin Deloach (6-0, 4 KOs, Atlanta, GA) W KO 3 (:51) over Robert Hill (1-2, Inglewood, CA)

LIGHTWEIGHTS
John Molina, Jr. (27-3, 22 KOs, Los Angeles, CA) W TKO 2 over Jorge Pimentel (26-18, 19 KOs, Los Angeles, CA)

JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS
Jonathan Arellano (14-2-2, 3 KOs, Ontario, CA) W MDEC 8 over Charles Huerta (18-4, 11 KOs, Paramount, CA)

FEATHERWEIGHTS
Juan Funez (3-0, 1 KO, Van Nuys, CA) W UD 4 vs. Carlos Gonzalez (1-4, Bell, CA)

Above Photos – credits: Photographer Brittni Moten for Goossen Tutor Promotions

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Weigh-In Video Ward Rodriguez, Rodriguez Over Weight Limit

Ward will retain title no matter what.

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“The Return” – Press Conference Wrap, Andre Ward & Edwin Rodriguez

The final press conference between Andre Ward (26-0) and Edwin Rodriguez (24-0) was held today at the Citizens Bank Business Arena in Ontario California. Each fighter gave a short talk – this was the most intense and focused we have seen Andre – with more than a year since his last fight he is looking lean and mean – certainly prepared for this fight and up to the challenge that Rodriguez brings to the match.

“I’m locked in. I take this sport real serious. And he (Rodriguez) is going to find that out come Saturday night. Everybody talks about how hungry he is as a challenger, but he is running into a hungry champion. I am excited to get back. I’m sharp. I’m ready to be better than ever. ~ Andre Ward”

View our photos below of the press conference.

The weigh-in (open to the public) is tomorrow, Friday November 15th at 145pm. The fight starts at 3pm on Saturday November 16th with the under-cards – and the “big show” begins at 7pm. The arena is right off the 10 freeway – it seats 9,500 – we verified there were only two more floor tickets left at the box office today as of 1pm. However, tickets are still available for most of the rest of the arena – BUY TICKETS HERE!

“THE RETURN”features a 12-round World Championship bout between Super Middleweight World Champion, Andre Ward and undefeated challenger Edwin Rodriguez. The night of boxing will take place Nov. 16 from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. live on HBO World Championship Boxing® (10:00 p.m., ET/PT). Available in HDTV.

Tickets are priced at $200, $125, $75, $50 and $25 (parking included with purchase) and are available at Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office or online at AXS.com or call AXS at 888-929-7849 starting. For more information, please visit www.CBBankArena.com. Doors for the event open at 3:00 p.m.

The Ward-Rodriguez bout is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with S.O.G. Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, and sponsored byToyota, Morongo Casino Resort Spa and the City of Ontario.

For more information on Goossen Tutor Promotions, including exclusive behind-the-scenes videos and photos, visit www.goossentutor.com . For more information on DiBella Entertainment, visit www.dbe1.com . Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com/boxing , on Facebook www.facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hboboxing . Join the conversation by using the Hashtag #WardRodriguez on Twitter.

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ANDRE WARD EDWIN RODRIGUEZ OFFICIAL MAIN EVENT FIGHT WEIGH-IN STREAMED ONLINE LIVE

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Watch goossentutor.com for live streaming

Hosted by Actor-Comedian Rob Schneider

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WHO:
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward
Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez
Undercard Boxers
WHEN: Friday, November 15 at 1:00 pm sharp

WHERE:
Ontario Airport Hotel
Main Lobby Atrium
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 980-0400

WHAT:
It’s time to step on the scales for the main combatants for the scheduled 12-round WBA and Ring Super Middleweight World Championship between defending champion Andre Ward and undefeated challenger Edwin Rodriguez to be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA and televised live on HBO® World Championship Boxing at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Available in HDTV.

Goossen Tutor Promotions will be streaming The Final Weigh-In, hosted by Actor-Comedian and star of “Deuce Bigolo: American Gigolo,” Rob Schneider (tomorrow) directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet by logging onto goossentutor.com starting LIVE at 1:45 PM PT.

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Final Press Conference, Andre Ward & Edwin Rodriguez

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SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION ANDRE WARD AND #1 WORLD CONTENDER EDWIN RODRIGUEZ TO HOLD FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE AS THEY PREPARE FOR THIS SATURDAY’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWDOWN AT THE CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK ARENA

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 AT 11:30 A.M. PT

MAIN LOBBY ATRIUM

CITIZENS BUSINESS BANK ARENA

WHO:
ANDRE WARD vs EDWIN RODRIGUEZ
TRAINERS, UNDERCARD BOXERS

WHAT:
Andre Ward and Edwin Rodriguez will hold their final press conference prior to their World Championship this Saturday.

WHEN:
Thursday, November 14th at 11:30 AM PT

WHERE:
Citizens Business Bank Arena
4000 E Ontario Center Parkway
Ontario, CA
Main Lobby Atrium

2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and WBA and Ring Magazine World Super Middleweight Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward makes his highly anticipated return to the ring defending his title against Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday, November 16 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA.Following slightly more than a year’s absence from the ring due to injury, Bay Area hero, Ward (26-0, 13 KOs) will put his world titles on the line against the undefeated Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round World Championship main event, which will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The event is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with S.O.G. Promotions. The Ward-Rodriguez bout is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. Sponsored by Toyota, Morongo Casino & Resort and the City of Ontario. Simply and appropriately billed as “The Return,” Ward (26-0, 13 KOs) will risk his title against the undefeated Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round World Championship main event which will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

For more information on Goossen Tutor Promotions, including exclusive behind-the-scenes videos and photos, visit www.goossentutor.com. For more information on DiBella Entertainment visit www.dbe1.com. Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook www.facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/hboboxing. Join the conversation by using the Hashtag #WardRodriguez on Twitter.

Citizens Business Bank Arena, built and owned by the City of Ontario, operated by AEG Facilities, includes 9,500 fixed seats with additional “portable” seating risers to accommodate capacities of 11,089 for concerts, 9,736 for ice hockey and 10,832 for basketball. The Arena is home to Ontario Reign, an ECHL Premier AA Hockey Team. The venue is the biggest and most modern arena within the Inland Empire, an area with over 4.1 million people. It is located in the City of Ontario, on a 37-acre parcel located between Haven Avenue and Milliken Avenue, Fourth Street and the I-10 Freeway

In case you missed it, the first press conference for this fight:

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The RETURN, Andre Ward vs Edwin Rodriguez – Media Workout Today

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

1:00 p.m. OPEN MEDIA WORKOUT

Warzone Boxing Club

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

9445 E Foothill Blvd Rancho Cucamonga, CA

1:00 PM John Molina Jr., Juan Funez

1:30 PM Jonathan Nelson, Oscar Molina

2:00 PM Edwin Rodriguez, Sergio Mora

2:30 PM Brandon Gonzales

3:00 PM Andre Ward

About: “Ward vs. Rodriguez – The Return”

Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez World Championship showdown set to take place next week November 16 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California with doors opening at 3:00 PM PT and the first non-televised bout at approximately 3:15 PM PT. Ward-Rodriguez will be televised live on HBO® World Championship Boxing at 10:00 ET/PT.

The event is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with SOG Promotions and sponsored by Toyota Vayamos Juntos, Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, and the City of Ontario. The Ward-Rodriguez bout is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment.

Tickets priced at $200, $125, $75, $50 and $25 are available at Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office or online at AXS.com or by calling AXS at 888-929-7849.

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Andre Ward talks about fighting Edwin Rodriquez November 16 on HBO

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SF Bay View Article, Upcoming Ward fight

Wanted to mention this excellent article on the upcoming fight by Bay Area based freelance photojournalist, Malaika H Kambon http://sfbayview.com/2013/the-best-of-the-best-andre-son-of-god-ward-vs-the-lip-of-the-east-edwin-la-bomba-rodriguez/

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November Fights & Pacquiao’s Return

Pacquiao1With November just around the corner, we have a lot to look forward to, thanks to Andre Ward’s imminent return to the ring. Ward will face off with undefeated challenger Edwin Rodriguez on November 16 in California (with the fight being shown on HBO), and he seems eager to get back into a fight. As quoted in an ESPN article by Dan Rafael, Ward said “I want to show the fans on Nov. 16 that I’m better than I am before I left.” Tantalizing words from a fighter who’s never lost, and about whom many have questions following the shoulder injury that sidelined him for a year.

But in anticipating this fight, it’s also important for boxing fans not to overlook the event that will truly headline the November schedule, which is Manny Pacquiao’s Nov. 23 bout with Brandon Rios in Macao. Pacquiao has not returned to the ring since being knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez, and going back further, to the Timothy Bradley loss (via a decision no one agreed with), Pacquiao is still riding a 2-match losing streak. No matter who the opponent is, this makes the fight on Nov. 23 arguably the biggest boxing event of the year, aside from Floyd Mayweather’s recent victory over Canelo Alvarez. So, let’s take a look at the match.

The Odds
Pacquiao may be on a downturn, and is likely nearing the end of his career, but the odds are still resoundingly in his favor. Specifically, we checked in with the BetFair Exchange, an online sports betting platform with a section devoted solely to boxing. In listing the November 23rd fights, the site provides fixed odds for both Pacquiao and Rios (allowing users to place back or lay bets on either fighter), ant it’s safe to say Pacquiao has a decisive edge. Backing odds for Pacquiao are at 1/6, and for Rios are 4/1.

The Meaning
Naturally, Pacquiao’s legacy is on the line in this fight. We all know that boxing is an unforgiving sport when it comes to legacy – a single loss can make the difference between “all-time great” and “strong contender.” In a sense, Pacquiao’s legacy is already damaged – he could have escaped the Bradley fight with his reputation as the world’s best fighter intact, given the controversy over the decision, but the Marquez knockout was shocking and crippling. An upset loss to Brandon Rios would be the end for Pacquiao; a resounding victory, and we may yet hear one more surge of calls for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

The Expectation
Pacquiao is probably being a little underrated at this point. The Bradley fight can be scratched from memory, and Marquez landed one thunderous punch that altered Pacquiao’s reputation irreparably. But he’s probably still the 2nd best fighter in the world, and should dispatch Rios with relative ease.

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