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Andre Ward Prepares for His Fourth Professional Fight

17.06.05 – 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) will step in the ring for the fourth time as a professional on Saturday, June 18 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. Ward will look to extend his record to 4-0 when he takes on Ben Aragon of Billings, Mont. (4-2-1) in a six-round contest on Saturday night.. The bout will take place on the undercard of the Glen Johnson vs. Antonio Tarver rematch. Ward made his professional debut on the first bout between the two boxers on December 18 in Los Angeles, Calif. Ward is at his lowest weight as a professional at 160 pounds but feels great at his natural middleweight division weight.

Ward is coming off a third round disqualification victory over Roy Ashworth on April 7 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., and will be competing in his third straight bout scheduled for six rounds. He arrived in Memphis on Monday and has taken part in a number of pre-fight activities including stops at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, a public workout at the Pepsi Pavilion as well a visit to the Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis. Ward received a key to the city of Memphis from Mayor W.W. Herenton on Wednesday afternoon in recognition of his Olympic gold medal.

The bout will be Ward’s first professional fight outside the state of California and he spent the last few weeks prior to the fight in Houston in preparation for the bout. 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Andre Dirrell and his younger brother Anthony joined Ward for the end of his training camp in Houston.

Article posted on 18.06.2005



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