Andre Ward finally confirmed his next fight which will be against unbeaten opponent Andre Barrera on Saturday, 26th March 2016 and it will take place at Oracle Arena, Oakland in California. It will be a non-ppv fight set to be televised live on HBO in the US while BoxNation has the rights for live coverage in the UK. Jayson Velez vs. Joseph Diaz will co-feature the night with one or two more fights included in the undercard.
Andre Ward has not fought frequently in the last several years due to some promotional disagreements but he is on track to fight one of his toughest opponents since he defeated Carl Froch. Barrera is no pushover and with the record of 17-0 he stands a good chance against Andre Ward he might rusty.
|FIGHT DATE||Saturday, 26 March 2016|
|COVERAGE STARTS||09:00 p.m. ET / 06:00 p.m. ET / 01:00 a.m. UK|
|VENUE||Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, US|
|BROADCASTING||HBO will broadcast the Ward-Barrera card live in US. It will be a non-PPV fight. BoxNation will broadcast the fight live in the UK.|
|UNDERCARDS||Jayson Velez vs. Joseph Diaz (featurerweight) set to co-feature on the night.|
|HOW TO WATCH ONLINE||Live streaming will be available of this Ward-Barrera fight card on the night of the fight here.|
Andre Ward vs Sullivan Barrera Preview: Its been years when Andre Ward fought against someone who had a fighting chance. Since his victory over Carl Froch back in 2011 he has fought only three times. Injuries combine with promotion disputes has kind of halted his success and even last year in november he pulled out of the fight due to injury. So what can we expect from this fight ?
34 year old Sullivan Barrera is a decent fighter with a unbeaten record of (17-0 with 12 knockouts) he has been fighting professional only since 2009. He has more power in his shots than Ward but its the big fight experience where he lacks behind Ward. Barrera’s big fight was against “Karo Murat” in December 2015 where he won a TKO in fifth round.
Overall he will be a tough opponents for Andre Ward but I just think Ward’s big fight experience will get him through no matter how Barrera performs on the night. This fight is a stepping stone for Andre Ward who is widely tipped to finally get in the ring against “Sergey Kovalev” later this year in November.