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Andre Ward Outclasses Tough Challenger Sullivan Barrera in Light Heavyweight Debut

by on Mar.28, 2016, under Boxing News


Ward, at left, and Barrera mix it up (photo courtesy of HBO Boxing)

Ward, at left, and Barrera mix it up (photo courtesy of


OAKLAND, CA, March, 26, 2016 – In front of a packed house at Oracle Arena, Andre Ward made his Light Heavyweight debut successful as he mostly had his way with previously undefeated challenger Sullivan Barrera over 12 give and take rounds. Sullivan Barrera performed much better than was anticipated by most experts either due to Ward electing to slug more and clinch less, ring rust, age related decline or a combination of all of the above. Please read along as I give my impressions of the main event!

The arena has filled up, local stars including Golden States Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, Marshawn Lynch and Frank Gore are in attendance, the fight night atmosphere has engulfed Oracle. Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 Kos) enters the ring first and is treated with surprising ambivalence by the crowd, much different from the malice usually reserved for Wards challengers in Oakland. The loud cheers signal that Andre Ward (28-0, 15 Kos) has begun his walk to the ring which is fast and business like, no show boating or playing to the crowd with this man. As Andre disrobes in the ring it is instantly apparent that he is carrying the new 175lb weight very well, he looks thicker, defined and strong. As Barrera disrobes he also appears to be in very good shape. (continue reading…)

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