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Local Boxer Andre Ward Defeats Sullivan Barrera

Local Boxer Andre Ward Defeats Sullivan Barrera

By Dan Rafael, ESPN

 

Former super middleweight world champion Andre Ward, making his full-fledged light heavyweight debut, did virtually as he pleased in a one-sided win over contender Sullivan Barrera in a world title elimination fight Saturday, March 26 at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. 

 

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With Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and other Bay Area sports stars at ringside among the crowd of 8,532, Ward put on a clinic against Barrera, scoring a third-round knockdown and winning a lopsided unanimous decision to pound his way toward a fall date with unified titleholder Sergey Kovalev, who watched with great interest from ringside.

 

All three judges scored the fight wide for Ward, 119-109, 117-109 and 117-108. ESPN.com also had it for Ward, 119-107.

 

“He was tough and hungry, and so was I,” said Ward, 32.


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