March 28, 2011



SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC SEMIFINALISTS
ANDRE WARD & ARTHUR ABRAHAM,

HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDER CRISTOBAL ARREOLA

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS

 

Tues., Mar. 29 at Sisley Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oak, Calif.

LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2011) – Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham participated in a press conference on Tuesday at Sisley Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, Calif., to formally announce their May 14 showdown at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®. 

Ward will defend his WBA Super Middleweight title against the European superstar and former world champion to kick off the Semifinals of the groundbreaking tournament.  Abraham, who is in the middle of training for the fight, was not able to attend the press conference from his home base in Berlin, Germany and joined via video conference.

The Ward-Abraham winner advances to the tournament Finals against the winner of the Carl FrochGlen Johnson Semifinals showdown.  The winner earns instant bragging rights as the world’s No. 1 168-pound fighter. 

The talented Ward (23-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., has emerged as the tournament favorite after impressive triumphs in Group Stage bouts over Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green, as well as Sakio Bika.

Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) entered the Super Six as a favorite alongside Kessler. But after emerging from Group Stage 1 as the points leader with a knockout over Jermain Taylor, he is now trying to bounce back from consecutive losses to Andre Dirrell and Froch in Group Stages 2 and 3, respectively.  

Also participating in the press conference was a noticeably slimmed-down Chris Arreola.  The heavyweight world contender and popular Southern California slugger will try to stay on track for another opportunity of a world championship when he takes on Nagy Aguilera in a non-televised undercard bout. 

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

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, March 30, and will be 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, starting on March 30, 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.

What the fighters, promoters and trainers had to say on Tuesday:

DAN GOOSSEN:

“The Home Depot Center is a great, great venue for boxing.  When that place is packed it’s rocking.  Tickets go on sale tomorrow and it’s going to be a great event.

“To me, no matter how the Super Six has progressed I think it’s a tremendous concept for boxing.  I think everyone learned how tough it is to make great fights amongst the world’s best fighters. 

“It sometimes takes years and years to put together a fight that people want to see.  It has taken some time but it has been worth it.  No fighter has escaped without a tough fight.  We have the Semifinals kicking off on May 14 and the Finals later this year. 

“No matter the time period we still have the Finals right around the corner.  The winner will be a star. 

“Last time I saw Chris like this was five years ago.  When everything is said and done, I don’t think there is a better heavyweight out there when he’s doing the things he needs to do. 

“I always thought the fight with Chris was more outside the ring than inside the ring.  You have to be dedicated and willing to push yourself. I wanted everyone to see Chris with their own eyes, not to tell you in a press release. This is the new Chris Arreola.”

ANDRE WARD:

“I’m fired up as always.  I’m not buying into people saying that Abraham is not the same. I know Arthur and his team are preparing for a storybook ending but it won’t be at my expense.  I’m ready to defend my title. 

“It’s the same story every time – people doubting me and asking if I’m ready. I think people forget that I have a family to feed.  I need to win just as badly as anyone else.  I have two more fights before I’m the best super middleweight in the world and I plan on winning both of them. It’s as simple as that.

“In my preparation I’m probably giving him more respect than he deserves. My job is to put him away from the opening bell.  My job is to make him feel the same way he felt right after the Carl Froch fight as soon as possible. 

“On May 14 we have 12 rounds to get to know each other.  That’s what I’m looking forward to.

“I want to be the last man standing. I always knew it was in me to succeed.  I didn’t come this far for no reason. 

“I had to grow up real fast in this tournament or I was going to go home early.  And I didn’t want to go home early.

“It’s great to be on the same card as Chris.  He has the heart of a champion.”

ARTHUR ABRAHAM:

“I’m looking forward to May 14 and having a great fight. I am feeling OK. I was a little sick but I just started training again and I should be fine. 

“We are getting ready for a good fight.  The tune up fight didn’t give me as much as I wanted but it was OK. It was good to get back in the ring and get that feeling. 

“You’ll be surprised on May 14. It’s not my style to make big predictions.  I want to show you inside the ring.

“I know he is the favorite but that motivates me even more. Over history many favorites have crashed down. 

“I don’t want to speak about what went wrong in the past. I want to focus on Andre.  I will use my heart, my fists, my body and my hands to defeat Andre. 

“I feel confident in my trainer – I’m happy with him. If I wasn’t I wouldn’t still be training with him.

“I look forward to coming over to the U.S.  I will give 120 percent.  Together, with the Armenian fans, I will win the title and reach the finals. 

“The Armenian fans will motivate me. That makes this fight more special for me. I will not disappoint them.

“We will win on May 14 and then we’ll win the final.

“I’m looking forward to coming back to America.  But I’m mostly looking forward to returning to Germany with a victory and putting on a great fight.”

VIRGIL HUNTER (Ward’s trainer):

“We’re in full-tilt now in camp.  We have a great game plan.  More than anything, we want to make sure we make a statement and give you something to write about. 

“I’d like to say that Arthur is scared to come here and face Andre face-to-face, but it’s a long trip over here.  I understand.”

CHRIS ARREOLA:

“I do look a little bit better.  The main thing with being 30 years old is you only have a little window of opportunity and it’s time for me to do it. I let everyone down when I showed a lack of dedication to the sport and I look forward to showing myself again.

“The main thing is after my last fight I didn’t go back to living like I used to. I’m a family man now. I’m good and just living the life. 

“I can train at home without all the distractions. I’m more focused and dedicated.

“The turning point was around December. I realize that 2010 and 2009 were terrible. It was my fault.  Now it’s about what I want and what I’m supposed to do to win.  No more games.

“I’m 20 or 30 pounds ahead of the game, so I’m not worried about weight anymore.”

HENRY RAMIREZ (Arreola’s trainer):

“Obviously, you can see that Chris is at a lower weight.  The biggest fight with Chris has been outside of the ring.  The maturity is finally catching up with the physical ability.  The sky is the limit for Chris and the best is yet to come.”

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.

About Showtime Networks Inc.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™  XTRA.  SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, SHOWTIME 2 HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD™, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND™ and FLIX ON DEMAND®.  SNI also manages Smithsonian Channel™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution.  All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.


WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward

Heavyweight World Contender Chris Arreola, Promoter Dan Goossen and WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward

Henry Ramirez, Chris Arreola, Dan Goossen, Andre Ward and Virgil Hunter

Andre Ward poses with a cut out of Arthur Abraham

Chris Arreola, Dan Goossen and Andre Ward

March 21, 2011

THE SEMIFINALS BEGIN! SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC No. 1 SEED ANDRE WARD

DEFENDS WBA TITLE AGAINST ARTHUR ABRAHAM

SATURDAY, MAY 14

 

LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET

From The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

NEW YORK (March 22, 2011) – The Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals are set to begin. Andre Ward, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Glen Johnson are all one victory from the tournament final en route to 168-pound supremacy. On Saturday, May 14, Ward will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight world title against European superstar Abraham to kick off the Semifinals of the groundbreaking tournament LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The event is co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Sauerland Event and sponsored by Corona. In the co-featured non-televised portion of the card at The Home Depot Center heavyweight world contender and popular Southern California slugger Cristobal Arreola will try to stay on track for another opportunity of a world championship when he takes on Nagy Aguilera of the Dominican Republic.

“The stage is set for the dramatic conclusion of the Super Six World Boxing Classic,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®.  “We have seen some tremendous fights, scintillating action and surprising twists and turns.  These four semifinalists have all survived the tournament’s rigorous road to this point but they are not done yet.  They need two more outstanding performances if they want to truly be considered No. 1. I can’t wait for May 14.” 

For Ward (23-0, 13 KOs), with his November victory over Sakio Bika and convincing wins over Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green in the Group Stage portion of the tournament, he enters the single elimination bout against Abraham as the tournament favorite.  Ward, of Oakland, Calif., can advance to the tournament Final to face the winner of the upcoming Froch vs. Johnson Semifinal bout with a win over the former middleweight champ. 

“I’m ready to get back in the ring and kick off the Semifinals against Arthur Abraham on May 14,” Ward said.  “I’m just one win away from reaching the Finals and achieving what I set out to achieve when I entered this tournament: Super Six champion and the world’s best 168-pound boxer.”

Ward continued: “I’m also happy to return to The Home Depot Center.  I fought there once before and I think it’s a great outdoor venue.  Arthur should have a lot of fans there with the large Armenian contingency in Los Angeles, and I will have a lot of fans as well.” 

“California fans are going to be treated with what I believe will not only be a very exciting night of fights at the championship level, but witnessing the next superstar in Andre Ward.  He reminds me of Sugar Ray Leonard, tough as nails, classy, charismatic with matinee idol looks,” stated Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions. 
Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs), of Berlin, Germany by way of Armenia, entered the tournament as a heavy favorite alongside Kessler.  But after emerging from Group Stage 1 as the points leader with a knockout win over Jermain Taylor, Abraham is now trying to bounce back from consecutive tournament losses to Andre Dirrell and Froch in Group Stages 2 and 3, respectively.  

With a win over Ward on May 14, Abraham, who entered the tournament with an unblemished record, can once again become a world champion and the tournament favorite heading into the Finals.

 

 “I have a lot of respect for Andre Ward,” Abraham said.  “He has proven his class and he has defeated a lot of strong opponents. But once we meet in the ring, the past does not matter anymore. I had a very bad day against Carl Froch but I have put that behind me and learned from my mistakes. I am ready to bounce back. That is what being a true champion is all about – to come back from a loss and win the title again. I am looking forward to May 14. I will prove myself in the ring.”

Abraham, who has only fought in the U.S. twice in his career, isn’t concerned with fighting in California, Ward’s home state. 

“There is a huge Armenian community in Los Angeles, and I will put on a spectacular fight for them,” said the Armenian-born Abraham.  “I am very grateful to have their fantastic support and I can already promise them a very special evening. It will be good to have their backing.  It will give me a huge boost.” 

Added promoter Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Event: “This is going to be a fantastic fight. We have a lot of respect for Andre Ward. He is a deserving champion but he will be dethroned by the comeback King! Arthur has learned from his mistakes in the Froch fight. At Team Sauerland, we certainly know one or two things about comebacks, especially when it comes down to making the necessary adjustments. Mikkel Kessler, the Viking Warrior, lost to Ward but in his next fight he defeated Carl Froch on points. May 14 will be the comeback of King Arthur! He will surprise a lot of people – and he will stun Andre Ward!”

Tickets for the May 14 Semifinals at The Home Depot Center will be go on sale on Wednesday, March 30, and will be 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, starting on March 30, 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.

The Semifinals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic will continue just one week later on Saturday, May 21, when Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight title against Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) at a venue to be named in the near future.

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.

About Showtime Networks Inc.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™  XTRA.  SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, SHOWTIME 2 HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD™, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND™ and FLIX ON DEMAND®.  SNI also manages Smithsonian Channel™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution.  All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®. 

March 1, 2011

Andre Ward to join Everlast on Capitol Hill
to Advocate for Legislation Supporting Healthy and Active Lifestyles
 

 

(WASHINGTON DC) -March 1, 2011 – Super Middleweight World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (Dublin, Calif.) will take his talents outside of the boxing ring to Washington DC today for the 12th annual National Health Through Fitness Day. Ward will join Everlast and the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) in the nation’s capitol to advocate for key legislation promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for all Americans.

 

Ward and 150 fellow key figures in the sports and fitness industry, will meet with members of congress on Wednesday in support of two key initiatives that will aid Americans in adopting an active and healthy lifestyle and battle the growing obesity problem in the United States.

 

“As a top athlete, staying in shape and living an overall healthy lifestyle has been critical to my success, but physical fitness is not only important to athletes but to all Americans,” Ward said. “My wife, Tiffiney, and I teach our kids that being healthy and active is important to their health and growth and I am honored to have this chance to speak with members of Congress about this growing problem in the United States.”

 

The activities will kick off with the Sports Good Manufacturers Association (SGMA) reception on Tuesday night and continue on Wednesday morning as Ward and an Everlast representative join the fellow participants in a full day full of meetings with Congress members.

He will join an impressive list of sports stars, including Herschel Walker, Ozzie Smith and Annika Sorenstam on Capitol Hill for the day of healthy lifestyle advocacy. The group will be speaking on behalf of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, which provides grants to school districts to support innovative physical education methods as well as the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act. The PHIT Act encourages health through physical activity for all Americans by making activities more affordable through the use of tax incentives.

 

Ward traveled east this morning following his second appearance as a ringside commentator for the World Series of Boxing, calling a match-up between the Los Angeles Matadors and Memphis Force at in Los Angeles on Monday night. The event will air on Versus at a later date.

 

Andre “SOG” Ward is the reigning WBA Super Middleweight World Champion and the last U.S. Olympic gold medalist in boxing. The 26-year-old World Champion has built a perfect 23-0 record with 13 victories by knockout. He currently leads the standings in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic following victories in the three preliminary round contests. He and his wife Tiffiney and their three children reside in Dublin, Calif., just outside of his hometown of Oakland.

June 19, 2010

Ward Shuts Out Green


Andre Ward Clinches Spot in Super Six World Boxing Classic Semi-Finals with Unanimous Decision Over Allan Green in his First WBA Title Defense

OAKLAND (June 19, 2010) – Andre Ward retained his World Boxing  Association (WBA) 168-pound  championship and undefeated record by way of unanimous decision over Allan Green in his second  straight commanding performance in the Super Six World Boxing Classic.  
In front of his hometown crowd of 8,797 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) secured a place in the Super Six semi-finals by dominating a visibly weak Green (29-2, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, throughout the entire twelve round bout. All three judges scored the fight 120 to 108.

Known for his speed and fast hands, Ward continued to flesh out his repertoire of sweet science strengths by fighting inside and smothering Green against the ropes for most of the night.

“I did expect a little tougher fight,” Ward admitted after Green’s ring performance was in direct opposition to his usual hard punching and tough talking persona. Ward threw nearly 200 more punches than Green and outlanded his combos by a margin of 42 to six. At one point, SHOWTIME play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson exclaimed, “The bully is being bullied.” Green went to the hospital after the bout as a precautionary measure.

After the fight, Green responded, “Andre Ward fought a hell of a fight. I weighed in at 166. By the time I got in the ring, I felt dead.” Despite his feeling’s tonight, Green’s Super Six chances are still very much alive.  He could still earn a semi-final berth with a win in Group Stage 3 over WBC world champion Mikkel Kessler.

Aside from clinching a spot in the Super Six semi-finals with a tournament-leading four points, Ward�s win marks the first time a Super Six fighter has won a second fight in the tournament. Arthur Abraham, Kessler, Carl Froch and Andre Dirrell all have one win with Green trailing at 0-1.

Dirrell was in attendance to witness the impressive win from Ward, his former Olympic teammate and next opponent. When ringside reporter Jim Gray asked him what he’ll need to do to defeat Ward, Dirrell responded, �I�ve got to get to him first,� referring to Ward�s ability to dictate the direction of tonight�s bout round after round.

The Ward/Green fight is just one of the exciting and meaningful contests in Group Stage 3 as all fighters still have a chance to advance to the Super Six semi-finals and keep the dream alive to emerge victorious from the Super Six World Boxing Classic.

In other news, SHOWTIME expert analyst and two-time Light Heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver announced his intentions to bulk up to Heavyweight and seek out the likes of David Haye and the Klitschko brothers.

The Ward-Green event was presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and DiBella Entertainment.
SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC SCOREBOARD (Through Group Stage Two, six fights)

       Record   Fighter   Points

  2-0   Andre Ward                  4
  1-1   Arthur Abraham            3
  1-1   Mikkel Kessler               2
  1-1   Carl Froch                     2
  1-1   Andre Dirrell                  2
  0-1   Allan Green                   0

June 18, 2010

OAKLAND, Calif., (June 18, 2010) – WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and challenger Allan Green make weight for their Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown televised Saturday, June 19-live on SHOWTIME, 10p ET/PT – from Oakland’s Oracle Arena. 
 

The event is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, TNT Boxing and Dibella Entertainment and sponsored by Corona, Oakland Tribune and River Rock Casino.

 

WEIGH IN RESULTS 

Andre “S.O.G” Ward 167.75 lbs.  –  Allan “Sweetness” Green 166 lbs. 

Upsher Chambers 144 lbs. – Hector Alatorre 142.5 lbs

Juan Tepoz 118 lbs. – Michael Ruiz Jr. 117.5 lbs.
 

Mark Tucker 175.5 lbs. – Billy Bailey 175 lbs.

 
Alexander Podrezov 144 lbs. – John Dunham 142 lbs.
 
 Willie Nelson 148 lbs. – Jesse Feliciano 149 lbs.

 

Main Event Officials:

 

Referee – Raul Caiz, Sr.

 
Judges – Glen Feldman, Marty Sammon, Alfredo Polanco
 
Time Keeper – Valinda Stell
 
Post fight press conference at Oracle’s Courtside Club following main event.