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ANDRE WARD DOMINATES EDWIN RODGRIGUEZ; SCORES UNANIMOUS DECISION

By Ben Thompson | November 16, 2013
ANDRE WARD DOMINATES EDWIN RODGRIGUEZ; SCORES UNANIMOUS DECISION

Moments ago, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, undefeated super middleweight king Andre Ward made a successful return to the ring after a 14-month layoff, dominating the previously undefeated Edwin Rodriguez en route to a unanimous decision victory. Despite some early roughhousing, Ward controlled the action throughout the fight behind a stiff jab and some debilitating body shots. Rodriguez was never able to get into the fight as Ward repeatedly found a home for his left hook. Relive all the action in FightHype's round-by-round results.

ROUND 1
Rodriguez rushes Ward right from the start. Both fighters trade on the inside. Ward ties him up against the ropes. Rodriguez tries to rough him up on the inside. Both guys holding and hitting on the inside. Rodriguez gets in a couple of rights to the body. Stiff jab lands for Ward. 1-2 to the body lands for Ward. Short left hook gets in for Ward. Rodriguez lands a jab. Nice left hook lands for Ward. Another left hook gets in for Ward. Rodriguez digs a right to the body. Round to Ward.

Ward 10 Rodriguez 9

ROUND 2

Rodriguez fires some right hooks that are blocked by Ward. Jab lands for Ward. Rodriguez misses with a wild left hook. Another jab lands for Ward. And another. Some roughhousing on the inside. Rodriguez tries to grab Ward. Ward lands a nice left hook and a stiff jab. HARD left hook lands for Ward. Rodriguez bulls forward wildly. Stiff jab lands for Ward. Rodriguez looks like he's already starting to tire. Ward lands a jab and a left hook. Round to Ward.

Ward 20 Rodriguez 18

ROUND 3

Double jab lands for Ward. Left hook lands for Ward. Another STIFF jab lands for Ward. They trade some shots on the inside. Leaping left hook from Ward is partially blocked. The second left hook from Ward gets in though. Ward digs to the body. HARD jab lands for Ward. Big left hook lands for Ward. Rodriguez starting to get pushed back by Ward. Nice 1-2 to the body lands for Ward. Another 1-2 to the body lands for Ward. Rodriguez trying to hold a lot. Jab to the body lands for Ward. Another left hook from Ward blasts through the guard of Rodriguez. Round to Ward.

Ward 30 Rodriguez 27

ROUND 4
Rodriguez gets in a right hook upstairs. Rodriguez puts Ward in a head lock and Ward rips him with a left hook. The ref tries to break them up, but Rodriguez fires during the break. Ward fires back with the ref in the middle. Rodriguez throws a shot and hits the ref. The ref calls time. Now he takes 2 points from both fighters for unsportsmanlike conduct. The ref tells the commission that he wants both fighter fined. The action resumes. Ward lands a left and a right. STIFF jab lands for Ward. Ward lands a nice right and digs a left to the body. Another 1-2 lands to the body for Ward. Nice right lands for Ward. Ward unloads on Rodriguez in the corner. Stiff jab lands for Ward. Rodriguez not doing anything right now. Round to Ward, which makes it a 8-7 round due to the point deductions. First time I've ever seen something like that.

Ward 38 Rodriguez 34

ROUND 5

Ward digs to the body. Some wrestling on the inside. 1-2 lands upstairs for Ward. Another 1-2 lands for Ward. Ward digs to the body. Rodriguez lands a left to Ward's arm. Nice left hook lands for Ward. Stiff jab lands for Ward. Rodriguez gets in a body shot. Ward peppers him with some lefts. Another left hook lands for Ward. Rodriguez gets in a left hook. Hard jab lands for Ward. Rodriguez lands an uppercut. Rodriguez lands a right. Ward backs him up with a 1-2. Quick left lands for Ward. Nice 1-2 to the body lands for Rodriguez. Round to Ward.

Ward 48 Rodriguez 43

ROUND 6

Ward digs another left to the body. Nice left hook from Ward backs Rodriguez up. Another left hook lands for Ward. Jab downstairs and upstairs lands for Ward. Nice five-punch combo lands for Ward. 1-2 to the body lands for Ward. Rodriguez not offering much back. Ward walking him down. Hard jab lands for Ward. Nice uppercut lands for Ward. Ward digs a 1-2 to the body. HARD right lands for Ward. Rodriguez gets in a jab. Ward answers. Left hook lands for Ward again. Round to Ward.

Ward 58 Rodriguez 52

ROUND 7

Ward jabs to the body. Left hook lands for Ward. HARD right hand lands for Ward. They wrestle on the inside. Stiff jab lands for Ward. Rodriguez misses with a wild left hook. Both guys trade body shots. Big 1-2 lands for Ward. Rodriguez digs to the body. Ward slips some shots. Left hook lands for Ward. Hard left hook to the body from Ward has Rodriguez holding on. Round to Ward.

Ward 68 Rodriguez 61

ROUND 8
Ward fires his jab. Quick three-punch combo lands for Ward. Rodriguez digs a right to the body. Jab from Ward snaps the head back of Rodriguez. Another jab lands for Ward. Right hand lands for Ward. Quick 1-2 followed by a left hook lands for Ward. Jab downstairs and upstairs lands for WArd. Rodriguez gets in a jab. HARD jab lands for Ward. 1-2 lands for Ward. Another jab lands for Ward. Rodriguez grazes him with an overhand right. Round to Ward.

Ward 78 Rodriguez 70

ROUND 9

They trade jabs. Ward works him on the inside. Hard jab lands for Ward. Left hook lands for Ward. Stiff jab lands for Ward again. HARD left hook lands for Ward. Rodriguez digs a right to the body. Ward lands a couple more jabs. Left hand from Ward snaps Rodriguez's head back again. They trade a few shots on the inside. Round to Ward.

Ward 88 Rodriguez 79

ROUND 10

Quick combo lands for Ward. Ward digs to the body. Rodriguez just walking forward looking to hold on. Ward lands upstairs and downstairs. Left hook upstairs lands for Ward. Rodriguez gets in a body shot. Some wrestling on the inside. Left hook followed by another HUGE left hook lands for Ward and Rodriguez holds on. Another left hook lands for Ward. Rodriguez holds on. Left hook lands for Ward again. Round to Ward.

Ward 98 Rodriguez 88

ROUND 11
Short left hook lands for Ward. Rodriguez digs a nice right to the body. Chopping overhand right lands to the back of the head for Rodriguez. 1-2 lands for Ward. Left hook lands for Ward. Another nice left hook lands for Ward. They trade on the inside. Uppercut lands for Ward. They trade jabs at the bell. Round to Ward.

Ward 108 Rodriguez 97

ROUND 12
Both guys trade some shots on the inside. Both men trade some nice body shots. HARD left hook lands for Ward. Another left hook lands upstairs for Ward. Now Rodriguez is cut from an accidental headbutt. Ward gets in another left hook. And another HARD left hook upstairs lands for Ward. Stiff jab lands for ward. Another. And another stiff jab from Ward snaps the head back of Rodriguez. Round to Ward.

Ward 118 Rodriguez 106

Official judges scorecards: 118-106, 117-107, 116-108

THE WINNER BY UNANIMOUS DECISION...ANDRE WARD



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