FIGHT CARD

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Oracle Arena / Oakland, CA

Andre Ward

(28-0-0, 15 KOs) VS.

Sullivan Barrera

(17-0-0, 12 KOs)

HBO Broadcast: 9:45 na ET | International Time: 00:30 GMT
Available HD

Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, March 26, to begin his assault on the light heavyweight division when he takes on undefeated and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California.

Known for his strong character outside the ring and his warrior’s instinct inside it, Ward’s skill was apparent early in his amateur career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating with a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold since 1996, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. He turned professional in 2004, and has gone on to rack up 28 victories since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process.

Born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Barrera had an impressive amateur run with a record of 285-27, and was able to earn World Amateur Championships in Germany, Cuba, Venezuela and Central America. Following his defection from Cuba, where he was on the country’s national team, Barrera made his professional debut in 2009. He went on to knockout his first five opponents in his professional career in either the 1st or 2nd round. Barrera quietly rose through the ratings of the light heavyweight division until he was afforded the opportunity to fight former Light Heavyweight World Title Challenger Karo Murat to become the IBF’s number one rated light heavyweight contender.

"On March 26, it will be very simple. I’ll be in a new weight class against a tough opponent but I’m coming with the same approach," said Ward about the upcoming fight. "I’ll be in great shape and ready for battle."

A confident Barrera responded, "We decided that the time is now. Ward will fall first and then we will go after the belts."

UNDERCARD WEIGHT RDS

Joseph Diaz Jr. South El Monte, CA (19-0-0, 11 KOs)

VS.

Jayson Velez

, PR (23-1-1, 16 KOs)

FW

10

Daniel Franco Riverside, CA (12-0-3, 7 KOs)

VS.

German Meraz

Agua Prieta, MX (52-37-1, 30 KOs)

FW

8

Junior Younan , (7-0-0, 6 KOs)

VS.

Christian Solorzano

, (4-7-0, 3 KOs)

SMW

4