Ward vs Barrera Fight Night Results

Something akin to greatness is afoot in the Oakland sports scene these days … and Andre Ward is certainly a part of this along with the Golden State Warriors who are in the midst of their own historic run. And it is truly fun to be watching both at work.

We have been at Andre’s fights for years – during his early home fights much of the Oracle Arena was empty. It was great to finally see the arena rocking with much higher attendance for his past two fights. Even the suites were full. Relatively few seats were blocked out.

A number of sports celebrities were in attendance including one of the top athletes on the planet, Steph Curry – along with Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, retired running back, Marshawn Lynch and light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev who was sitting ringside. When the camera’s turned to Kovalev, he started grinning and the fans immediately started booing.

Kovalev could be on the cards for a fight with Andre in the next 12 months. Kovalev has at least one more fight scheduled – it remains to be seen as far as timing to when both fighters would face off. Undefeated Kovalev (29-0-1) has fought in the home court of a number of his opponents to date – it would be great if the promoters can get him to the Oracle to face off with Andre. Perhaps this November.

Michael B. Jordan, the actor who played Adonis Johnson in the movie Creed was also ringside. His character sparred with Andre Ward’s character in that movie. After Andre disposed of Barrera, Michael B Jordan jumped into the ring and shadow boxed.

At the post fight press conference Andre graded his own fight a B- or B. Course it has been 9 months since his last fight and this was only Andre’s 4th fight in the past 4 years. Close to the prime of his career now we hope his next fights are spaced closer together. It was also noted at the press conference that Barrera threw 722 punches, but just 111 actually landed for only a 15% hit rate.

Final crowd count: 8532

Full Round Notes Coming Soon
Round One – is underway – fans chanting SOG about 1/2 way through.

Andre finishes Round 2 strong with left hook. Fight goes to Round 3.

Round 3 Ward brings Barrera to the mat.

Ward taken first 4 rounds. Round 5 underway.

Round 8 also goes to Ward – knockdown about 3/4 of the way through the round. Has Barrera’s timing off.

Oakland’s own is delivering an entertaining mostly one sided fight tonight.

Round 12 has started. Ward has probably taken all rounds except perhaps round 11.

—-> our full and final round notes coming soon.

Fight Results

Andre Ward vs Sullivan Barrera Press Conference, Lake Merritt

wardbarrera On a fairly clear and typical early Spring day, fighters, family, media, and fans gathered for a press conference this afternoon on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. Promoters, trainsers and managers were here for both Andre Ward and Sullivan Barrera as well as for Joseph Diaz Jr. and Jayson Velez. Talk was clean between each of the fighters squareing off against their opponents (as is not always the case at these press conferences).

In anticipation of the big fight at Oracle Arena this Saturday March 26th, 2016 – here are a few photos and a video promoting the fight.

Ward vs. Barrera, a 12-round IBF number one position and mandatory position eliminator which is presented by Roc Nation Sports in association with Main Events, takes place Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The event is sponsored by Corona Extra, Ticketmaster, Corporate Travel Management Solutions (ctms), Glad, Lyft, Zappos, BodyArmor, SAN Nutrition, Shoe Palace, The Waterfront Hotel and Visit Oakland. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Opening the HBO telecast will be Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Jayson Velez in a 10-round fight for the NABF Featherweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions.

Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Follow the conversation on Twitter by using #WardBarrera.

Ward vs Barrera Media Workout and Quotes

TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION ANDRE WARD VS. UNDEFEATED SULLIVAN BARRERANABF FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION JOSEPH DIAZ JR. VS. JAYSON VELEZ MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES AND PHOTOS

SHOWDOWNS SET FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 26 AT ORACLE ARENA IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO®

OAKLAND, CA (March 23, 2015) – On Tuesday, March 22, Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) participated in a media workout at King’s Gym in Oakland, California in advance of their March 26 fight at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Ward and Barrera will meet in 12-round IBF number one position and mandatory position eliminator bout televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs) and top-rated featherweight contender Jayson “Star” Velez (23-1-1, 16 KOs) were also in attendance during the workout ahead of their 10-round NABF Featherweight title fight which will open up the HBO telecast.

After shadowboxing in the ring and a few rounds on the punching bags, all four fighters participated in interviews with media members in attendance. Super Bowl Champion and Oakland native Marshawn Lynch, an avid Andre Ward supporter, made a special appearance during the workout in support of Ward.

Below is what the fighters had to say during the final media workout:

All Photo Credit: Roc Nation Sports/Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos

ANDRE WARD, Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter:
“I feel good and I am ready to go. I’m peaking at the right time. I’m just excited to get it on Saturday night.

“I used to drive by Oracle Arena on 880 as a kid on my way to King’s Gym and wonder if I could make it there one day and [trainer] Virgil [Hunter] used to say with confidence, ‘You’re going to headline there.’ As I got older, I used to go to some of the cards put on in the arena. I was still an amateur and I would just dream. Next thing you know, in 2009, I was in a sink or swim fight against Edison Miranda. If I won, there was probably a good chance that I would get a title shot and the rest is history. Here we are again, it’s my 7th time at Oracle and it’s still a blessing.

“It was the right time to move to light heavyweight. It was a combination of not having the right guys to fight or guys that didn’t want to fight me. I want to be great. These are the types of moves you have to make. I’m a student of the sport and when I study the sport, this is what greats have always done. They move up. The great ones find a way to get it done and I want to be in that conversation.

“Barrera is a big body. He’s confident. Seems to be a good puncher. We did not pick him because he’s a soft touch. We picked him because he was going to get me ready and show me what this weight class is all about. If you look at my career, there’s a place for tune-ups which I haven’t had a lot of. You want to fight the best and if you aren’t fighting the best, you want to fight the number one contender. That’s what we’re doing.

“I think I am evolving into an efficient fighter. I’m moving when I have to move. I think that’s the beauty of any athlete who doesn’t abuse his body and really takes his craft seriously. I’ve seen some articles claiming I missed my prime. It’s crazy to me. I feel that I am as good as I have ever been. I’ve been in a boxing gym without much of a break for the past 20 years. My brain thanked me for the last two years. My body thanked me. It might give me another two years in my career.

“I have to just be me. Who I am is enough. I don’t have to show up for Kovalev in the crowd on Saturday night. We just have to implement the game plan. I think that’s going to send the message it’s supposed to send and if it doesn’t, then he’ll [Kovalev] get the message when we fight.

“If I don’t win this fight, there’s nothing down the road. If I don’t win this fight, I don’t deserve to fight for the title. That’s the reality of my situation.

“Barrera has never fought a guy like me before, so they can talk a good game. They can dominate the headlines leading up to the fight. They can say all the slick stuff they want to say. We just want to dominate the headlines Sunday morning after the fight is over. That’s what I’m focused on.”

SULLIVAN BARRERA, Number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender:
“I’m stronger than Ward. I have the Cuban background and I learned a lot of skills there. More than anything, the determination to overcome anything in front of me will help me defeat Ward on March 26.

“Once I am in the ring, it’s my house.

“Whatever Ward has, I will adjust to it and overcome it.

“I have two hands. He has two hands. I have a job to do on March 26.

“I know Ward and Kovalev are very highly respected and they create a lot of money and a lot of interest, but they don’t know what Sullivan Barrera is capable of doing. I will prove that on Saturday.

“I’m not really a guy that has to look for a knockout. My boxing skills speak for themselves. I am fighting Andre Ward and fighting here in Oakland, so I don’t think a decision will be rendered in my favor.

“To all the fans, especially the Cuban fans that have supported me please know that come Saturday, I am going to do everything I have to do to come out victorious.”

Ward vs. Barrera, a 12-round IBF number one position and mandatory position eliminator which is presented by Roc Nation Sports in association with Main Events, takes place Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The event is sponsored by Corona Extra, Ticketmaster, Corporate Travel Management Solutions (ctms), Glad, Lyft, Zappos, BodyArmor, SAN Nutrition, Shoe Palace, The Waterfront Hotel and Visit Oakland. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Opening the HBO telecast will be Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Jayson Velez in a 10-round fight for the NABF Featherweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions.

Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Follow the conversation on Twitter by using #WardBarrera.

Ward vs Barrera Fight Schedule

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TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION ANDRE WARD VS. UNDEFEATED SULLIVAN BARRERA

FIGHT WEEK MEDIA SCHEDULE *All Time Are Pacific Standard Time*

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016

12:00 p.m. – ANDRE WARD VS. SULLIVAN BARRERA FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE — OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!
Location: Lake Merritt Amphitheater – Between 12th Street and 1st Avenue, Lake Merritt Boulevard; Oakland, CA 94612
12:00 p.m. – Arrival
1:00 p.m. – Press Conference Begins

Roc Nation Sports will host the March 26 final press conference for Two-Time World Champion Andre Ward and undefeated, number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera. Along with the main event participants, co-main event fighters Joseph Diaz Jr. and Jayson Velez will also be in attendance. Other guests on the dais will include David Itskowitch (COO Boxing – Roc Nation Sports), Kathy Duva (Main Events CEO), James Prince (Ward’s Manager), Luis Molina (Barrera’s Manager), Virgil Hunter (Ward’s Trainer) and Abel Sanchez (Barrera’s Trainer).

FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016

12:00 p.m. – ANDRE WARD VS. SULLIVAN BARRERA OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!
Location: Oakland City Hall – 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza; Oakland, CA 94612
12:00 p.m. – Media + Fan Arrival
1:00 p.m. – Weigh-In Begins

*Fans are encouraged to arrive early

andre-wardWard vs. Barrera, a 12-round IBF number one position and mandatory position eliminator which is presented by Roc Nation Sports in association with Main Events, takes place Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The event is sponsored by Corona Extra, Ticketmaster, Corporate Travel Management Solutions (ctms), Glad, Lyft, Zappos, BodyArmor, SAN Nutrition, Shoe Palace, The Waterfront Hotel and Visit Oakland. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Opening the HBO telecast will be Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Jayson Velez in a 10-round fight for the NABF Featherweight title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions.

Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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For more information, please visit www.rocnation.com, www.mainevents.com, www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com, www.hbo.com/boxing