Andre Ward receives two points for forfeit win – He’s now in the lead in the Super Six tourney
By Dan Ambrose: World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KO’s) received two points for the forfeit victory due to his scheduled Super Six tournament opponent having to pull out of the tourney because of neurological problems.
The two points gives Ward six points and puts him up by three points against the nearest Super Six competitor Arthur Abraham, who has three points. Abraham will need to knock out Carl Froch on November 27th to get an additional three points to tie Ward.
Instead of facing Dirrell next month, Ward will be taking on super middleweight contender Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KO’s) in a non-Super Six tournament fight. Dirrell wasn’t replaced, so there wasn’t any need for Ward to fight anyone else for his next fight in the Super Six tournament.
He already has enough points to make the semifinals of the tournament. However, he still wanted to get his third fight and pick up another payday. As such, he’ll be fighting Bika on Showtime in a fight that will take place at the Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California.
For the 26-year-old Ward, this will be his third straight fight in his home arena, in Oakland. This is a subject that has angered a lot of fans, because they don’t feel that it’s fair that Ward hasn’t had to travel to a foreign fighter’s city in the tournament.
All the contestants have had to fight in a hostile venue, and each one of them has suffered badly when they were unable to fight at home. Ward would likely win wherever he fights, because he seems to be head and shoulders above the other fighters in the tournament at this moment.
It would be nice though if Ward had fought in a foreign venue just so that the tournament would be more equal in that regard.
Bika, 31, has a lot more experience against top level opposition compared to Ward. Bika has fought for a title against Joe Calzaghe, and he has also had fights against Lucian Bute, Jean Paul Mendy, Jaidon Codrington, and Markus Beyer. Bika was easily beaten by Bute in 2007, losing by a 12 round decision. He’ll likely get beat even worse by Ward next month. Bika doesn’t match-up well with the speedy and powerful Ward.
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