It was in the boxing rumor mill for a number of weeks, but it has now been officially confirmed. ________________________________________________________________________________ Andre Ward (28-0-15KO) will make his light-heavyweight debut (fully fledged that is at the 175lbs weight limit) on March 26th against Cuban Sullivan Barrera (17-0-12KO). The fight will take place in Ward's hometown of Oakland California at the Oracle Arena,…
Watch: Andre Ward vs Sullivan Barrera Highlights
‘SOG’ impressed on his full light-heavyweight debut in Oakland, California.
A 32 year old Andre Ward showed why he is still one of the pound for pound most skilled prize fighters in the world, as he comfortably won a unanimous points decision over previously unbeaten Cuban Sullivan Barrera.
He also displayed some solid power at the new weight, dropping Barrera with a sharp left hand in the third round, and then landing another powerful left (this time to the body) in round 8, although on this occasion the referee ruled the punch a low blow and took a point away from Ward.
Despite this and Ward needing to contend with a cut that formed round 10, the Virgil Hunter trained-RocNation signed maestro controlled the bout in truth.
CompuBox punch stats showed as much after the fight, with Ward landing 36% of his punches on the night, and Barrera landing far less at 15%.
In case you missed the main bits of action, here are the Andre Ward vs Sullivan Barrera highlights courtesy of HBO: