Andre Ward Wins Unanimous Decision Over Arthur Abraham In Super Six Semifinals

We provide an updated look at the developing career of Oakland-based boxer Andre Ward, who has seen his profile explode with his early dominance in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. For more boxing information, check out Bad Left Hook.

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Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham, Super Six WBC Semifinal: S.O.G. Returns To Ring May 14 In Carson, California

In the past week, Andre Ward’s promoter Dan Goossen announced that the WBA Super Middleweight Champion is now scheduled to fight Arthur Abraham on May 14 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The bout is one of the two semifinals in Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic. The other semifinal bout will feature Carl Froch and Glen Johnson and is tentatively scheduled for May 21, although there are currently issues with a location.

Although the Super Six World Boxing Classic has hit several potholes along the way, Andre Ward has used the tournament as a coming out party. He opened the Classic with a stunning upset of Mikkel Kessler, and followed that up with a shutout decision of Allan Green. His subsequent fight against Sakio Bika was not a Super Six fight, but it gave him a chance to show he could dig deep against a similar style of boxer. Through those three fights he’s climbed to the top of The Ring Magazine Super Middleweight rankings.

On the other side of things, Arthur Abraham is in a slide that has dropped him to tenth in the Super Middleweight rankings. In his first Super Six fight he gained a vicious knock out of Jermain Taylor and seemed locked in as one of the early favorites. However, in his subsequent fight he was well on his way to losing a decision to Andre Dirrell before getting disqualified in the 11th round for a late hit on Dirrell. He followed that up with a one-sided decision loss to Carl Froch. He won a February tune-up fight, but his headliner career is on the ropes heading into this semifinal match.

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Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika Recap: Ward Wins Entertaining, Dirty Brawl With Unanimous Decision

Andre Ward retained his WBA Super Middleweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Sakio Bika in a brutal, fairly ugly, but highly entertaining brawl at Oracle Arena in Oakland. The official scorecards decided it 120-108, 118-10 and 118-110 for Ward.

Heading into the fight the two boxers were considered cut from a similar somewhat dirty cloth. In boxing, a “dirty” fighter can come in a variety of forms. You’ve got the rather blatant Andrew “Foul Pole” Golota who had numerous in-ring meltdowns and had a bad habit of punching his opponents below the belt. Then you’ve got the slightly more subtle “dirty” nature of undefeated super middleweight champion Andre Ward. Ward will get away with a fair number of headbutts, rabbit bunches, and other technically illegal maneuvers. However, he seems to mix these maneuvers in with some highly skilled boxing that can cover it up a bit more.

Prior to tonight Andre Ward had generally been able to bully other fighters with these tactics and press his way to victory. Tonight he faced a fighter in Sakio Bika who was willing to get just as down and dirty. Bika took the fight to Ward early on and seemed to have Ward rattled in the opening rounds as the champion complained a fair amount about illegal hits.

Ward rebounded fairly quickly though and showed necessary poise in countering the dirty moves with some of his own. It quickly became apparent that each round was going to be a war inside. The two fighters appeared to spend more time clinched and trying to get in body punches than standing across from each other. Sometimes this can lead to an inherently boring fight but the action inside was fairly continuous and led to a fairly entertaining fight that could easily be classified as a bit of a brawl.

Over the course of the fight, Ward’s own natural abilities proved the difference. While Ward spend a good chunk of the fight in a bit of a defensive posture with his left hand he was able to land some nice shots and shook up Bika a couple times, most notably in the ninth round. He dominated late and was able to take home the decision.

If one looked at the official scorecards one would assume dominance by Ward. While he did seem to take control late, he rarely seemed to truly dominate the fight. The folks at Bad Left Hook had their own scorecard going during the fight and they scored it 116-112 for Ward. They seemed accepting of the 118-110 cards because of how close many of the rounds were. However, the 120-108 did seem to go a bit far given how competitive the fight was. I would imagine given how close the rounds were a judge could decide the champ had done just enough in each. However, to say that for 12 straight rounds is a bit hard to figure out.

Either way, Ward retained his super middleweight title and improves to 23-0. According to BLH’s fight recap, Ward is likely to face Arthur Abraham sometime in the spring in the next round of the World Boxing Classic. Abraham lost a unanimous decision to Carl Froch today but earned enough points thanks to his opening match knockout of Jermain Taylor which got him a bonus point.

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Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika Weigh-In: Both Fighers Come In At 168 Pounds

Andre Ward and Sakio Bika meet this Sunday for Ward’s WBA Super Middleweight championship tomorrow night at Oakland’s Oracle Arena and made weight on their first try today. Both fighters hit the maximum weight of 168 pounds as they prepare for tomorrow’s fight.

Andre Ward is fighting as part of the Super Six World Boxing Classic to crown the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world. However, even though Ward’s title is on the line, this fight is not a part of the Super Six. Ward was originally scheduled to fight Andre Dirrell in their final match of the opening round. However, after numerous struggles to secure a deal, Dirrell pulled out with neurological injuries related to his DQ win over Arthur Abraham.

This fight with Bika was set to keep Ward busy. His next fight will likely be in the first quarter of 2011 gainst either Glen Johnson or the winner of tomorrow’s Arthur Abraham-Carl Froch fight. The Abraham-Froch fight will air via tape delay on Showtime immediately prior to the live airing of Ward-Bika.

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Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika Super Middleweight Championship Preview: Bad Left Hook Breaks It Down

Andre Ward will be squaring off with Sakio Bika this Saturday at Oakland’s Oracle Arena in a battle for Ward’s WBA Super Middlewight title. Ward has worked his way up the ranks and following his upset of Mikkel Kessler, Ward was officially ushered into the upper echelon of the super middleweight ranks. He now faces Sakio Bika, who is a bit lower in the ranks, but still presents a dangerous challenge.

Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook, SB Nation’s excellent boxing blog, put together a preview of the fight. The preview includes a brief rundown of each fighter’s history to date as well as a comparison’s on a variety of topics.

As Scott points out, Ward is a hard fighter to judge because even though he’s certainly beaten some quality points (Kessler being the most notable), there are certain categories in which he hasn’t been tested. He really hasn’t had to deal with too much adversity in the ring at the professional level. Obviously fighting is inherently an adverse sport, but Ward hasn’t been in the kind of war that shows you what a fighter has in reserve. Of course, at this point in his career maybe he’s good enough that he won’t face that issue quite yet.

Scott thinks it could be a quality fight based on the chance for an aggressive brawl. While it could also get chippy based on the two fighters’ occasional dirty tendencies, I’d like to think most folks are rooting for a great fight. Or Ward drops him quickly would work as well. Here’s Scott’s prediction:

I get the feeling Ward puts on his boxin’ shoes for this fight and takes Bika back to school. A brawl gives Bika a legitimate chance to win this fight, or any fight at 168. But a boxing match will be all Andre Ward, and Ward’s a smart cookie. He knows that. His team knows that. Bika is no pushover, but Ward is likely to avoid a firefight if he can. Bika will give his best and fight all 12 rounds, but he won’t be close to winning. Ward UD-12

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Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika Gambling Odds: Ward Overwhelming Favorite

The odds are out for this Saturday’s super middleweight championship bout between Andre Ward and Sakio Buka. If you’re looking to bet money on champion Andre Ward, it’s going to cost you a lot to win very little money. As it currently stands, Andre Ward is sitting at -950, which means you’d have to bet $950 just to win $100. On the other hand, Bika is sitting at +625, which means you could win $625 if you bet $100 and he won.

One interesting site is oddschecker.com. At Odds Checker, you can compare bets on a variety of matters across numerous websites. Normally I’d stick with Odds Shark (linked above), but they have limited options available for this fight. For the Ward fight, you can compare odds across sites on everything from winner and loser to what round or whether it’ll go to the cards (click on the tabs at the top). The heavy favorite for the end of the fight is that Ward wins by decision.

My favorite bets are for Method of Victory. This includes victories by decision or technical decision, knockout, technical knockout, disqualification, or a draw. For those wondering what a technical decision is, such an event occurred in Ward’s upset of Mikkel Kessler. The fight was stopped in the 11th round because of a cut suffered by Kessler caused by a headbutt. Since the fight had passed a certain round (I can’t remember the minimum, although it might be 6 since that’s halfway through the fight), they went to the scorecards, which Ward won handily. So, you can always bet on that. As mentioned earlier, these are two rough fighters so accidental headbutts are certainly possible.

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Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika: Super Middleweight Showdown On Showtime At Oakland's Oracle Arena

This Saturday night, November 27, Andre Ward and Sakio Bika will square off at Oakland’s Oracle Arena to battle for Ward’s super middleweight title. Ward won the title when he upset Mikkel Kessler in one of the opening fights of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Ward went on to defeat replacement fighter Allan Green in his second match.

The Super Six has taken some serious hits as Kessler, Andre Dirrell, and Jermain Taylor all withdrew to various injuries suffered. This fight between Ward and Bika will not be part of the Super Six, although the title will be on the line.

This fight is actually splitting time with another that actually is still part of the Super Six. Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch are squaring off in Poland and both fights will air on Showtime. The Abraham-Froch fight will air on tape delay while Showtime will be broadcasting the Ward-Bika fight live. The broadcast starts at 6pm pacific, 9pm eastern. I’d imagine the main event between Ward and Bika will start around 8ish pm pacific, but that is certainly subject to change.

Bad Left Hook, SB Nation’s outstanding boxing blog, had some preliminary thoughts while discussing boxing’s TV and Internet schedule this weekend:

Showtime, 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham vs. Carl Froch. Showtime will be showing Ward-Bika live and Abraham-Froch on tape delay. While the Ward fight isn’t officially part of the Super Six, Bika is a better fighter than, say, Allan Green. Ward has quickly built up a reputation as a fighter who uses a lot of dirty tricks, and Bika has long been known as a dirty fighter (only bolstered by his first round DQ against Jean Paul Mendy his last time out, where he knocked out Mendy cold while he was down on a knee). Expect to see lots of flying elbows, unintentional intentional headbutts, holding and hitting and other tricks a little outside the rulebook in this one. Strangely, it has the potential to be both a solid action fight or a straight up stinker.

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