Roc Nation Sports Ward vs. Barrera Recap, Official Results & Video Highlights

Sunday March 27,  2016 Live from the Oracle Arena the Home of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, hometown hero Andre SOG Ward was set for another showdown in his home state. His opponent is undefeated #1 rated light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera. Two undefeated fighters with double-digit KO’s on their record set to tear down the house. Andre Ward has his biggest test of his career with Barrera, and there is no doubt a convincing win here will get him closer to that big fight he is looking for. As for Barrera he is the #1 ranked light heavyweight for a reason, and a win over Ward will prove he is ready for a title Shot. Also in the co-main event, the NABF Featherweight title was on the line as Joseph Diaz JR took on Jayson Velez. Two heavy hitters that left it all on the ring, but only one can be champion. A strong undercard with some hometown heroes and some undefeated fighters. Let’s get things rolling! 

Ward vs Barrera Official Results:

Heavyweight Division – 4 Round Fight
Zhang Zhilei (8-0) (6 KO’s) Vs Tyree Ortiz (5-3) (4 KO’s)
Zhang Zhilei Winner by KO in the 3rd Round.

Middleweight Division – 6 Round Fight
Aaron Coley (13-1-1) (6KO’s) Vs Urmat Ryskeldiev (11-4-2) (7KO’s)
After Going all 6 Rounds The Winner by Unanimous Decision Aaron Coley. (58-56) (60-54) (58-56)

Junior Welterweight Division – 10 Round Fight
Maurice Hooker (20-0-2) (15 KO’s) Vs Wilfrido Buelvas (17-6) (11 KO’s)
Maurice Hooker with a Nasty Body Shot KO in Round 1

Super Middleweight Division – 6 Rounds
Rudy Puga JR. (8-0) (7 KO’s) Vs Carlos Lozano (7-6) (4 KO’s)
Rudy Puga JR Winner by TKO in the 6th Round

Light Heavyweight Division – 4 Rounds
Junior Younan (8-0) (6 KO’s) Vs Cristian Solorzano (3-8) (2 KO’s)
After Going all 4 Rounds the Winner by Unanimous Decision Junior Younan. (40-36) (40-36) (40-36)

Featherweight Division – 8 Rounds
Daniel Franco (13-0-3) (8 KO’s) Vs German Meraz (49-38-1) (30 KO’s)
Daniel Franco Gets the TKO finish in the 8th Round

Co Main Event: Featherweight NABF Featherweight Title – 10 Rounds
C. Joseph Diaz JR. (20-0) (11 KO’s) Vs Jayson Velez (23-2-1) (16 KO’s)
At the End of all 10 Rounds the Winner by Unanimous Decision And Still NABF Featherweight champion Joseph Diaz JR
(100-91) (99-91) (98-92)

Main Event: Light Heavyweight Elimination Bout
Andre Ward (29-0) (15 KO’s) Vs Sullivan Barrera (17-1) (12 KO’s)
After Going all 12 Rounds the Winner by Unanimous Decision Andre Ward (117-109) (119-109) (117-109)

At the end of the night, the hometown fans went home with a huge smile on their face as the SOG sent them home with a win. What is next for Ward? A potential title fight with champion Sergey Kovalev, and I think that is the big money fight we are all waiting to see. Ward really struggled in this fight as the length and reach of Berrera really became an issue from the middle to late rounds of the fight. If it wasn’t for the early dominance and continuous pressure Ward might have taken the lost. Joseph Diaz retained his title in dominating fashion over a young and upcoming star in Jayson Velez. Diaz was too much for Velez early in the fight and that pretty much set the tone from there. Daniel Franco, Junior Younan, Rudy Puga JR, Maurice Hooker, and Zhang Zhilei along with Ward all stayed undefeated with victories. So as we say good night from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Andre SOG Ward gets the big win.

Ward vs. Barrera & Velez vs. Diaz Video Highlights:

Andre Ward vs Sullivan Barrera:

Joseph Diaz Jr. vs Jayson Velez:


By: Rick San Bartolome
The Franchise
FightBookMMA.com


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