Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday morning made the 180-pound weight-check limit for his fight with Andre Ward when he tipped the scales at 179.8 pounds.
Rodriguez weighed 170 on Friday, two pounds over the super middleweight limit. That rendered him unable to challenge. Ward for his super middleweight title in the main event at Citizens Business Bank Arena (on HBO).
Ward will walk away as champion no matter what happens in the fight. He insisted Rodriguez re-hydrate to no more than 180 Saturday morning, or there would be no fight.
Rodriguez will be forced to give 10 percent of his $1 million salary to Ward and 10 percent to the California State Athletic Commission.
Ward, of Oakland, is 26-0 with 14 knockouts. Rodriguez, of Worcester, Mass. via the Dominican Republic, is 24-0 with 16 knockouts.
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward’s attempt to break free from promoter Dan Goossen failed when the California State Athletic Commission on Friday ruled in Goossen’s favor following a special meeting Tuesday.
Ward had been trying to get out of his contract in part because he said Goossen did not want to attend a meeting called by Ward for himself, manager James Prince, co-promoter Antonio Leonard and Goossen and HBO executives. Prince suggested Goossen wanted to be the only one talking to HBO about Ward’s next fight.
In Ward’s mind, Goossen was hindering his return to the ring after he had shoulder surgery in January. Ward has not fought since last September, when he stopped Chad Dawson in the 10th round in Ward’s hometown of Oakland.
Ward, who has been promoted by Goossen his entire pro career, is 26-0 with 14 knockouts. He is considered the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world in most polls. He is 29.
An arbitration hearing with the California State Athletic Commission to discuss the status of super middleweight champion Andre Ward’s promotional contract with Goossen Tutor Promotions will be held Tuesday, a source very close to the situation said Monday.
There have been rumors in the industry indicating Ward wants to break free from his contract with Goossen-Tutor, which is run by longtime promoter Dan Goossen out of Sherman Oaks.
Ward, one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, had shoulder surgery in January. His most recent fight was a 10th-round TKO of Chad Dawson in September in Oakland.
Calls to Goossen have yet to be returned.
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward was part of the HBO broadcast team for Saturday’s super middleweight title-unification bout between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler, won by Froch via unanimous decision at O2 Arena in London.
Froch’s victory could have earned him a rematch with fellow champion Andre Ward, who is considered the best 168-pounder in the world. The two tangled in December 2011 in Atlantic City, Ward coming away with a unanimous decision.
Following Saturday’s bout, Ward talked about the possibility of a return fight. At the root of the conversation is where the fight would take place. Ward is from Oakland, Froch from England.
“At this stage of my career I’m open for any fight that makes sense. A rematch makes sense,” Ward said to HBO’s Jim Lampley just after the decision was announced, according to ESPN.com. “I don’t know if it would be in the U.K. or if it would be in the United States, but Froch’s promoter (Eddie Hearn) needs to show how bad he wants it here. They need to understand I don’t have to come here. If I come, it’s because I want to and I need a reward.”
Hearn told Sky Sports the fight would have to be in the United Kingdom.
“Andre has absolutely no options,” Hearn said. “Tell me another fight out there for him at super middleweight. That’s why he was at the O2 – he wants the fight with Froch. That’s a massive fight … If Andre wants the fight, then it will have to be where we want it.”
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward has started to make quite a name for himself as a commentator on boxing telecasts, most recently with HBO.
Ward, whose expertise and smooth style make him easy to listen to, will be part of Saturday’s broadcast team for the super middleweight title unification bout between Mikkel Kessler of Denmark and Carl Froch of England from O2 Arena in London.
This is a rematch of a fight that took place in April 2010 in Denmark. It was won by Kessler via unanimous decision.
Froch, 35, is 30-2 with 22 knockouts. Kessler, 34, is 46-2 with 35 knockouts.
Ward is rehabilitating his right shoulder following surgery on it in January.