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Saturday, September 12, 2009

SHOBOX 9/12/09 Ward vs. Pudwill

Ward Stops Pudwill in 3 Rounds

Andre Ward landed very sharp, accurate punches last night stopping Shelby Pudwill in the 3rd round. This was a tune up bout before facing Denmark's Mikkel Kessler in Showtime's Super Middleweight Tournament. The 25 year old Ward, a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, landed fast, effective combinations to the body and head of Pudwill. Pudwill could not get his punches off due to the blazing hand speed of Ward. Get your boxing protective equipment for less.

In the 1st round, Ward was walking Pudwill down, imposing his hand speed and overwhelming him with hard, effective combination punching. Ward continually beat Pudwill to the punch. Ward started to tee off on Pudwill in the 2nd round landing crisp, solid shots to the body. Ward dropped Pudwill in the 3rd round with a right-left hook combination. Pudwill suffered a cut over his left eye, but continued fighting. Andre Ward finished him with a left hook to the body and head followed by a barrage of clean punches, which caused the referee to stop the action.

Andre Ward improves his professional record to 20-0, 13 KO's and looks ready to battle Mikkel Kessler on November 21st. Look for Ward to use angles and a lot of movement against Kessler. If Ward can use his boxing ability to keep Kessler turning and not set to punch, it will enable him to land accurate combinations. Kessler will be the aggressor and cannot fight well backing up. If Ward can execute this game plan, he will take Kessler's strength away from him because Kessler will not be able to land power shots. Ward has the edge in hand speed, but Kessler's hand speed should not be taken lightly.

Shelby Pudwill's record falls to 22-4-1, 9 KO's. Look for a preview of all the match ups in the super middleweight tournament this week.

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