Oakland, CA – It’s Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic featuring Oakland’s own Andre Ward. Completing his third bout and dominating Allan Green through twelve rounds. Ward won by a unanimous decision of 120-108 in front a crowd of 8,797.
“Green let Andre control the fight,” Andre Dirrell said. “He didn’t spin out of the situation when he was held against the ropes.”
Dirrell a former amateur standout and Olympic 2004 bronze medalist is good friends with Andre. An up and coming fighter who came to support his friend stated the obvious. “No one expected the fight to be one-sided. Green came out with no aggression, looked tired and stayed on the ropes.”
Green a seven year pro at the age of 30, won six fights in a row, four by knockout, since his only loss as a pro in March, 2007. This is Allan’s first fight in the Super Six world championship fight.
“I felt like I won most of the rounds,” Ward said. “I did expect a more challenging fight. I was in tremendous shape and the crowd was wonderful”
After each round the crowd rose to their feet giving the home town hero a standing ovation chanting “Let’s Go Andre” throughout the fight. His reputation as a floater, who dances around the ring throwing jabs but rarely coming with a strong hook left or right.
Tonight he proved that winning the World Boxing Super Middleweight title shuts down all of the naysayer’s. The champs strategy consisted of fighting inside, forcing Green in corners and against the ropes. Andre was versatile in jabbing, using both right and left hooks as well as going down for the upper cut.
“There’s never an easy fight,” Ward said. “It wasn’t the plan to fight inside or stay on the ropes. I expected more, this is now behind me and I look forward to my next fight. I’m very humble and grateful to fight in my hometown!”
Written by: Malaika Bobino