Final Press Conference, Quotes & Photos

BURBANK, CALIF. (May 11, 2011) – The final press conference for the kickoff of the Semifinals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic turned tense on Wednesday at Arnie Morton’s The Steakhouse in Burbank, Calif., just three days before tournament favorite Andre Ward defends his WBA super middleweight title against former world champion Arthur Abraham, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

In a detailed and lengthy speech, Ward’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, told Abraham that his trainer and promoters are displaying a lack of confidence in him to win on Saturday by demanding neutral judges and officials for the Semifinal showdown. Abraham’s promoter responded that they were trying to protect their fighter and claimed that the referee in the Ward-Mikkel Kessler Group Stage 1 bout did not fairly officiate the match.

The Ward-Abraham winner advances to the tournament Final against the winner of the Carl Froch-Glen Johnson Semifinals showdown. The tournament champion earns the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup and global recognition as the world’s No. 1 168-pound fighter.

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Photos Credit: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor Promotions

Ward, Final Preparations

FINAL PREPARATIONS
Los Angeles, CA (May 11, 2011) Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists and WBA 168-pound champion Andre Ward makes his final preparations for his Semifinals showdown against Arthur Abraham on Saturday, May 14 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®.

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

Tickets are available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets by calling 1-877-234-8425

Ring Girls

Ring Girl Chat
Couldn’t resist a quick interview with the card girls by ring side after Andre Ward handily defeated Edison Miranda.  These were the girls (I’m an old man, so they’re girls!) that introduced the beginning of  each round during the fight; carrying, in a very nice way, a large card to each side of the ring (has the ring always been square?) with the coming rounds’ number. Nice young ladies to look at, and maybe something to say.

“The fight was exciting and close” said the blond girl on my left. “This is my first fight.”

The little (they are all rather shapely and definitively smaller than this big out of shape lug) raven headed girl on my right, Michelle, thought they had the best seats in the house. “I enjoyed the fight, and these were great seats they gave us. I’ll do it again!”

Being unprepared for talking to beautiful women (OK, they aren’t girls, just awfully young), as usual, my opportunity ended; I was asked to move so the press people in back could see.  Being old and feeling giddy of the moment (probably low blood sugar) I retreated.

You need to remember that this was after watching a tremendous victory by Andre.  Next time a better job (if not a better time), hey!

Beautiful Ring Girl Photos