*After coming off of extensive surgery to his shoulder, Andre Ward is now set to go against Edwin Rodriguez November 16 out at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
This one could turn out to be a dandy folks, as Rodriguez finally steps into the big leagues to fight Ward who we haven’t seen in a while.
Many observers believe that this should be an easy one for Ward although he’s going up against a number one ranked and undefeated Rodriguez who is 24-0 with 16 coming by way of knockout.
The last time we saw Ward was when he stopped “Bad” Chad Dawson with 2 minutes and some change in the tenth last year up in Oakland, Calif., in an HBO Championship Boxing telecast.
Ward suffered an injury as he was preparing for his next scheduled bout with Kelly Pavlik, so that one got put on the back burner.
He looks to be in fine form for this bout which may turn out tobe interesting if Rodriguez “shows up”. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
This one is being brought to you by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment live on HBO, so don’t miss it.
We paid a visit to WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley the other day out in Palm Springs, Calif., at his fresh brand new gym. He’s looking good folks, as he’s set to go against Juan Manuel Marquez in a week and a half on October 12 in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center.
This guy’s truly been battle tested coming off of that explosive bout with Ruslan Provadnikov.
He’s got a fabulous training facility now that’s all his. He says, “there’s nothing like having your own.”
He also said when asked, that he would love to fight Floyd Mayweather even though there would be challenges putting that one together. Promoter Bob Arum responded when asked could that happen, “Don’t believe the hype that people are saying that it can’t happen, anything is possible in this sport.”
At any rate, his fight with Marquez will be huge in that it’s a title bout that will be telecast live on HBO pay per view and could put Marquez in the books as a five time Mexican champion if he wins.
We’ll see what happens.
Just when you thought it wouldn’t happen again, here we go with another chapter in the continuing saga of the referee who couldn’t get it right.
Last weekend out in Carson, Calif., Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. was awarded a unanimous decision at the end of ten hard fought rounds. Although many at ringside felt it should’ve gone the other way, or at the very least, a draw.
It was not that long ago that Floyd “Money” Mayweather got a split decision against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in what everyone felt should’ve been unanimous. And if you can recall, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley was awarded a decision over the “Pacman” a couple of years ago that had everyone wondering, what’s really going on?
It’s this writer’s opinion that the commissions are going to have to finally get it together and get some really good folks to judge these bouts correctly, or else we can forget about it.
And finally, I hear that Justin Fortune and Freddie Roach have worked out their differences, and are now working together to help prepare Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao go against Brandon Rios.
Folks, I got to tell you these two guys who happen to be personal fiends of mine are two of the nicest guys in the sport. And I’m truly glad that they are back together after not speaking to each other for several years. Boxing doesn’t need to suffer any longer.
May God bless them both.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s Ringside Update column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.