Ward beats Barrera by one-sided decision
Former world super middleweight champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Ward won his light heavyweight debut by scores of 117-109, 119-109, 117-108.
After a close first couple of rounds with little to choose between them, Ward landed a hard left hook to Barrera's temple in the third and sent him to the canvas. He got back up and recovered but from then on, Ward dominated the bout.
The American tagged Barrera with hooks and jabs throughout and while Barrera landed some punches of his own, Ward was never in any trouble.
Ward was deducted a point for a low blow in the 8th, and an accidental head clash opened up a cut over his left eye in the 9th.
The Cuban tired late on and Ward rocked him with a right hand near the end of the 12th.
Ward is scheduled to fight IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who was sat at ringside, in November. But it is likely Ward will fight once more before he fights Kovalev, who is planning to fight in June, possibly in Russia, against an opponent to be determined.