Fight News reported on Thursday that Andre Ward would consider throwing fists in the future with Bernard Hopkins.
Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) will defend The Ring and WBA super middleweight belts against Edwin Rodríguez on November 16 at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
A gold medalist as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Ward hasn’t fought since earning a 10th round TKO victory over “Bad” Chad Dawson in September 2012.
The sport’s second premier pound-for-pounder got injured two months after the Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) scrap while preparing to battle retired titleholder Kelly Pavlik.
Conversely, the 28-year-old Rodríguez (24-0, 16 KOs) last vacated the squared circle in July after finishing Russian Denis Grachev in the first round.
Despite being an unbeaten contender, Rodríguez is best known for allegedly pounding Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev a few years ago during a sparring session.
Unfortunately for the fearless Dominican Republican, “La Bomba” is too reckless to threaten a brilliant tactician like Ward.
Although Ward has been shelved for an extended period, the Bay Area native will quickly adapt, readjust and outclass Rodríguez in “The Gateway to Southern California.”
“I don’t have a desire to call Bernard out, but I am a fighter,” said Ward, 29, who underwent the knife on January 4 to fix a small tear in his right shoulder capsule. “If it makes financial sense, I’ll step to the plate. I’m more interested in fighting guys from my era, but at the same time, if it presents itself, I don’t back down from fights.”
Meanwhile, the 48-year-old Hopkins (54-6-2-2, 32 KOs) universally outscored Karo Murat to successfully retain the IBF light heavyweight crown on October 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Hopkins officially trumped the 30-year-old Murat (25-2-1, 15 KOs) by scores of 119-108, 119-108 and 117-110.
As a quasi-geriatric, “The Executioner” continues to defy Father Time.
Hence, Hopkins has shed “The Executioner” nickname and now wants to be known as “The Alien.”
A former two-weight world titleholder, “The Alien” remains a defensive virtuoso with an insatiable appetite for winning.
Regardless, should the “Son Of God” tussle with “The Alien,” Andre Ward will “step to the plate” and easily end Bernard Hopkins.
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