Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham

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Official Fight Poster

2011-05-14 : Andre Ward 168 lbs beat Arthur Abraham 167 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

Notes

  • Andre Ward 23-0 (13 KOs) vs. Arthur Abraham 32-2 (26 KOs)
  • Ward entered as the # 1 super middleweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Abraham, a 4.5/1 betting underdog [1], was ranked # 8 by the same publication. [2]
  • Abraham entered having lost two of his previous three bouts.
  • Fight was the semifinals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic with the winner meeting the winner of Carl Froch vs. Glen Johnson in the final.
  • ESPN's Dan Rafael scored the bout 118-110 in favor of Ward.
  • Press row scores: Doug Fischer, Gunnar Meinhardt and Lance Pugmire: 118-110 for Ward

Bout Summary

A tentative open round saw Ward moving around the ring occasionally throwing a jab. Abraham came forward, threw more punches and infrequently threw the right hand with neither fighter landing any punches of note. Round 2 was more active with Ward controlling the first half and Abraham coming on near the end. Abraham was warned in Round 2 for kidney punching in a clinch. Abraham landed a solid right hand in Round 3. In the 4th, Ward moved and boxed more effectively pumping the jab. Both fighters were warned to cleanup the clinches. They were warned again in Round 5 for the same, as each fighter was hitting after and during the break. Ward continued to outbox Abraham in the 5th and 6th rounds moving, throwing the jab and evading Abraham's lunging and often wild attack. Following the round, Abraham returned to his corner visibly winded. Much of the same continued in Round 7 as Ward moved and threw and Abraham's punch output was almost non-existent. In the 8th, Ward continued with the jab against a largely defensive Abraham, who did improve upon his output from the previous round but was simply unable to close the distance with many of his punches failing to touch his quicker opponent. In the 9th,10th and 11th the distance between the two continued to grow as Ward cruised against a tiring Abraham who became mostly defensive. Despite having a safe lead, Ward fought in the 12th which allowed Abraham to land a few decent shots.