Ward Abraham Weigh-In

These photos are from the Ward – Abraham Weigh-In – at the Crowne Plaza Media Room – just off of Century Blvd near LAX. 168 lbs for Ward and 167 for Abraham.

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Ward – Abraham

These photos are from the Home Depot Center in Carson California (Los Angeles County). Andre Ward boosted his record to an undefeated 24-0 tonight (May 14, 2011) with a Unanimous Decision 12 Round win over Arthur Abraham.

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May 14, 2011

ANDRE WARD ADVANCES TO

SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC FINAL

WITH DOMINATING DECISION OVER ARTHUR ABRAHAM

Winner of June 4 Semifinal Between Carl Froch-Glen Johnson Up Next
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Saturday, May 14, Live on SHOWTIME®
From The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Catch Replay On Tuesday, May 17 (10 p.m. ET/PT), On SHOWTIME
CARSON, Calif. (May 14, 2011) – Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Andre Ward moved one win away from claiming the ground-breaking inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup with a convincing 12-round unanimous decision over “King” Arthur Abraham at The Home Depot Center Saturday on SHOWTIME®.

Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) will face the winner of the June 4 Super Six Semifinal on SHOWTIME between World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) and former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., for the right to fight for the Super Six title and 168-pound world supremacy sometime in the fall.

Fighting outside the comfortable confines of Oakland, Calif., for the first time in 20 months spanning three fights, Ward defended his WBA belt for the third time in what SHOWTIME expert analyst Al Bernstein called one of Ward’s “most complete wins he’s ever had in his career.”

Judge Stanley Christodoulou scored every round to Ward (120-108) while German judge Ingo Barrabas had it (118-110) and Dr. James Jen Kin had Ward winning, 118-111.

A boisterous crowd cheered both for the Californian Ward and Abraham, backed by hundreds of loud Armenian fans from Southern California. “Arthur Abraham was strong and very determined,” Ward said. “He had passionate fans and he didn’t want to lose in front of them. I’m going to stay humble and keep working hard. I want to be champion for a long time and take the least amount of punishment possible.”

Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs), of Berlin, Germany, by way of Armenia, lost for the third straight time but vowed after the fight that he would remain in the talent-rich super middleweight division.

“I started well and thought I was doing OK for the first three rounds,” said Abraham, the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight world champion. “He never hurt me and I was blocking all his punches. But then I cramped up when I was trying for the knockout and I couldn’t do it.

“I gave it my all and fought really hard and will stay at super middleweight.”

Ward seemed to get stronger and stronger as the fight went on while Abraham looked visibly tired towards the end of the fight, absorbing Ward’s hard body shots and a variety of assorted jabs and uppercuts.

“My trainer says that I’m the type of fighter to make adjustments and that’s what I did,” said Ward, who threw 289 jabs during the fight, landing 178 of his 444 total punches. “I wish the refs would have let me fight on the inside – that’s what we trained for. But we made adjustments and got the victory. After a hard hit, I would go back to my corner and I would do two things: I would listen to my corner and talk to myself and I would say, ‘Bite down and fight back.’ ”

Ward will be intently watching on June 4 in Atlantic City, N.J. “I’ll fight Johnson or Froch, but I think the public wants to see Froch-Ward,” he said.

In a non-televised undercard fight, heavyweight world contender and popular Southern California slugger Chris Arreola turned in an impressive performance against Nagy Aguilera, stopping him in the third round.

The event was co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Sauerland Event and sponsored by Corona.

Saturday night’s telecast will re-air as follows:

DAY CHANNEL

Tuesday, May 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT SHOWTIME Extreme

Also available On-Demand: May17-May 30, 2011

Gus Johnson (blow-by-blow), Bernstein and Antonio Tarver (analysts) called the action with Jim Gray reporting from ringside. The executive producer was David Dinkins, Jr., with Bob Dunphy directing.

For more information on the Super Six World Boxing Classic including exclusive photos, fight highlights and interviews, plus to view all episodes of the acclaimed documentary series FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic, please visit the website at www.WorldBoxingClassic.com

ABOUT SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC
The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a ground-breaking, six-fighter tournament from SHOWTIME Sports® featuring the class of the super middleweight (168-pound) division from around the world. All bouts in the Super Six tournament will be contested under the Unified Rules of Boxing. Each boxer fights three bouts against different opponents in the field in the points-based Group Stage of competition (Win – 2 pts with a 1-pt bonus for KO/TKO; Loss – 0 pts; Draw – 1 pt.). After the Group Stage, the four fighters with the highest point totals will advance to the single-elimination Semi-Finals. The winners of the Semifinal bouts will advance to the Finals and fight for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.

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Photo credit: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Misc photos: Ward, Oakland Raider’s Coach, Ward’s Family, Arreola – Aguilera fight etc…