OAKLAND’S OWN WORLD CHAMPION ANDRE WARD AND HIS ‘MONSTER’ CHALLENGER ADDRESS THE MEDIA IN OAKLAND
Hometown Hero Makes First WBA World Championship Defense Versus Allan Green In Super Six World Boxing Classic
Saturday, July 19, Live at Oracle Arena
OAKLAND (May 12, 2010) – Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion and America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) and his promotional and management team addressed Bay Area media at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA today to promote the first defense of Ward’s title against world-ranked contender Allan ‘Sweetness’ Green (29-1, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 19, on SHOWTIME, promoter Dan Goossen formally announced today. Green participated in the media event via video conference from his training camp in Florida.
Ward, who captured the WBA belt with a convincing, 11th round technical decision over Mikkel Kessler in the Super Six World Boxing Classic opener on November 21, 2009 at Oracle, was joined at the press conference by his promoters Dan Goossen and Antonio Leonard and longtime trainer and mentor Virgil Hunter, who all had plenty to say in support of their champion and Bay Area icon. Ward acknowledged his obsession with the hard-hitting and imposing Green as a motivating factor in the fight. Green was uncharacteristically terse in his comments and, while impressed with Ward�s skills and his performance against Kessler, he remains his usual confident self a little more than a month from the fight.
Andre Ward is a good fighter; a good young fighter. Very skilled, very talented and I do respect his skills. But against a fighter like myself, he is going to have to bring a lot more to the table than he did against Mikkel Kessler. I did admire what he did to Kessler; no disrespect there, but at the same time, come June 19th I will be WBA Super Middleweight Champion.
As usual, I have another opponent talking loud and minimizing what I have done, and that’s ok. At some point in time, the world is going to have to give us our just due, but I don’t look for it right now.
What is being said, how Allan Green feels, that is a good thing. I take it; I use it as fuel, and I am going to do what I’ve been doing for the last 12 years: prepare, come into the fight ready to win and get the win. That’s what we’ve been doing for the past 12 years. I have had opponent after opponent try to intimidate me; opponent after opponent try to minimize me; opponent after opponent try and break down my skills from the outside. But when they get inside, it’s something totally different.
In my opinion, Allan Green is a beast. That’s what I am preparing for. That’s what I am eating, sleeping and drinking. I’m getting ready to fight a monster, that’s how I am looking at it.
We have a date, June 19th. When you have a date and you got a dancing partner, there not much else that needs to be said. We have that, and I look forward to putting on another tremendous performance for the fans and, believe it or not, I am going for three points in this fight.
Allan Green is absolutely right. There is going to be deep water in this fight and we are going to see who swims the best when we get to that point.
One of the great thrills of having a home team is to see them win. But I think what is more important is to see them grow in front of your eyes. I believe the Bay Area is in select company and very privileged to have such an elite athlete as Andre Ward as one of their own.
I am proud to be part of Andre”s team as his promoter, along with our partner Antonio Leonard, but more importantly, the Bay Area should be very proud of him. And they should be out here supporting Andre Ward, filling up Oracle. It’s not about the dollars and cents here. It is about the pride and support this man has given this city and given sports, in general, an athlete to be very proud of.
It is going to be a great fight, because Green is that type of challenge.
I want to see Andre Ward in that final, which I believe he is going to be, and I want to do this on pay-per-view because that’s where Andre Ward is going. He is going to become a pay-per-view star in our sport, and one that we are very proud of as an asset to our sport.
I do not expect any other fighters from the Super Six to be willing to come out here to Oakland after this, so it could be some time before we come back out here again.
It is going to be a great event. As my partner Dan has said, Allan Green is a great opponent. He had a great amateur career, so Andre Ward knows him very well. But like I said, if you have been here from the beginning, everything Andre Ward said since I met him in 2002, he has accomplished. He said he was going to win a gold medal; he done that. He said he was going to become world champion; he done that. He told us to bring him to Oakland the first time in May, he done a great job then.
Come June the 19th, you’ve got two of the best guys fighting each other. You’ve got the best guy fighting the second best guy, and if you don’t win you still go on. There is no question in my mind that Allan Green will probably become world champion because he fights Mikkel Kessler next, and he will probably beat Mikkel Kessler. I like Allan Green a lot, but there is no doubt in my mind that on June the 19, Andre Ward will still be the WBA champion of the world.
I think Showtime did an excellent job by inviting the next super middleweight contender (Allan Green) into the tournament.
We’re preparing as always. We understand what we have to do. It didn’t take much to go back to the drawing board because, basically, you are getting ready to fight a guy that specializes in knocking out people that have been knocked out before several times. So you have to ask yourself that when you are making your preparation. How do you prepare for a guy that specializes in knocking out people who have been knocked out? So it gets pretty simple after that.
Saturday, June 19th at the Oracle Arena in a Group 2 Super Six World Boxing Classic bout on SHOWTIME, Ward will look to defend his title against the mouthy Green in front of his hometown fans and take another step toward becoming the Super Six World Boxing Classic Champion.
Tickets for the June 19 Super Six World Boxing Classic are priced at $300, $150, $65 and $35 and are available at the Oracle Arena Box Office, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621, Phone: (510) 569-2121 or online thru www.Ticketmaster.com.
The Ward-Green event is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Di Bella Entertainment.
ABOUT SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC
The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a groundbreaking, 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 Semi-Final bouts will advance to the Finals and fight for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic trophy.