WBA super middleweight champion and Oakland, CA, native Andre Ward put on a boxing clinic tonight in his hometown at the Oracle Arena by completely dismantling top ten contender Allan Green. While Green was billed as the harder punching, meaner man of the two before the bout, it was Ward who took the fight to his opponent the entire night and inflicted a beating in the process.
Andre Ward won virtually every second of every round, and the official judges agreed; all scoring the fight the same at 120 – 108 in favor of the champion after twelve frames. Although the first round was close due to the fact neither man did much, it was all academic after the first three minutes, as Andre Ward seized full control in brutal fashion.
Expected by many to use his superior boxing skills and quickness early on the outside, Ward did just the opposite by getting inside Allan Green’s long wingspan and roughing him up in close. Green seemed content to wage war in close quarters, but he paid a heavy toll for the strategy, as the champion implemented textbook dirty boxing to the letter.
Allan Green was hit with everything; left hooks, straight rights, body shots, uppercuts…you name it. To his credit, despite the onslaught, the challenger never stopped trying and continuously fired back, but it was of no use tonight. Andre Ward simply outclassed the man, as he did with all previous twenty-one opponents before tonight.
Now after twenty-two victories in as many fights, it is time for comparisons to U.S. Olympic gold medalists of the past, and quite honestly Andre Ward has shown he belongs to be mentioned in the same breath as Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas, Shane Mosley, Pernell Whitaker and others. Although he does not have the punching power of say a Sugar Ray Leonard, Ward is ultra talented to the point where he makes everything in the ring look easy.
So when will he cash in on that gold medal of his and generate the revenue and big paydays of America’s past golden boys?
Well, so far Andre Ward has been almost perfect to a fault. Oscar De La Hoya, for example, was so appealing because he was matched very tough and competed in a multitude of fights that could have gone either way on the scorecards. Ward really needs someone to push him to the limit and be matched in compelling fights in order to generate pay-per-view level interest. So who will do it?
It may just happen in his next match with former Olympian Andre Dirrell. Being tall, lanky, extremely fast with his hands and quick on his feet, Andre Dirrell brings something new for Andre Ward to contend with when they meet later in the year. Also, should that bout take place in Detroit which is very close to Dirrell’s hometown of Flint, MI, things could get very interesting.