Ward will retain title no matter what.
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.
And also good coverage from long time photographer and writer Malaika H Kambon for the San Francisco BayView