Andre Ward still unbeaten, as he beats Paul Smith in Oakland126 views
OAKLAND: The unbeaten American Andre Ward was welcomed by his fans after 19 months, when he defeated Britain’s Paul Smith in front of his home crown in Oakland.
The Super-Middleweight champion Ward took his tally to 28-0, after beating the Liverpool fighter convincingly in a non-title match. The 32 year-old Smith charged on his 31 year-old opponent in the seventh-round of the match, but ended up with a face covered in blood and a broken nose suspected.
According to the three judges Smith lost every round he faced, until his trainer threw the towel in the ninth-round of the match. The Olympic gold-medalist from Athens 2004, who defeated Britain’s Carl Froch in 2011 and had not fought since beating Edwin Rodriguez in 2013 dominated the match against Smith from the first round.
After winning his 28th professional bout, Ward said, ‘It took some time to get the rust out, I started strong with the jab. I really wanted to come out with a big bang.’
He further said, ‘I have a great coach and he told me take your time and the knockout will come. I could see his legs getting a little wobbly.’