Andre Ward def. Edwin Rodriguez by unanimous decision (118-106, 117-107, 116-108)
On a night when the UFC presented a big PPV, the HBO Boxing fight between Andre Ward and Edwin Rodriguez started off looking an awful lot like an MMA fight. The opening rounds were marked by clinching and grappling, often initiated by Rodriguez. In round 4, after a particularly spirited grappling exchange, referee Jack Reiss had seen enough. In a virtually unprecedented move, he separated the two men, docked each man two points for unsportsmanlike conduct, advised the commission to fine both fighters, then told them he was ready to issue a disqualification if things did not change. It was a bold move, but it worked, as the rest of the fight looked much more like boxing.
And that boxing match was completely owned by Andre Ward. Leading things with his incredible power jab, Ward simply dissected Rodriguez. Ward mixed in his excellent left hook, including a nasty shot in the 10th round that badly hurt Rodriguez. Still, Rodriguez showed a lot of heart, staying in there until the final bell. But this fight was won by Ward early, and Rodriguez never had a chance.
Post-fight, Ward was still frustrated with Rodriguez for the challenger's failure to make weight and his roughhousing during the fight.
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