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  Ward “Grabs” A Spot In Super Six Final

By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez

 

Super middleweight Andre Ward (24-0,13 KO’s) held on to his WBA 168 pound belt with a unanimous decision victory over Arthur Abraham (32-3,26 KO’s) and took another forward step in the world of Showtime’s Round Robin Tournament.

The fight started out looking like it was going to be very interesting as Abraham came out uncharacteristically quickly and was pressing Ward hard. Ward seemed scared or tentative during the early stretch but somewhere around the 4th round everything changed. It was as if Ward had felt he tasted Abraham’s best and knew he could turn up the heat with no worries. On the flip side Abraham started showing signs of reverting back to his old ways, hands high, throwing zero punches. It was a bad combination that spelled doom for The German.

With his confidence high Ward became the fighter many are used to seeing, which can be both good and bad. Ward was switching from orthodox to southpaw and he was landing at a high rate while clinching at a higher one... do with that information as you will, those tactics led to the final scorecards reading 120-108, 118-111 and 118-111 all in favor of Ward.

Whether you like his style or not, Ward has found a way to get himself into the final round of the Super Six 168 pound tournament and after 2 years of ups and downs you have to tip your hat to him for that.



 

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