MY B.E.T: Even If Rust Is Present, Ward Too Talented For Smith

Paul Smith shouldn’t don’t be too difficult an out for Andre Ward tomorrow night in Oakland, in a catchweight (172 or less) fight which will run on BET.

But…ring rust; Ward might have a pretty heavy coat of it covering him.

Sure, sure, he’s been in the gym, been in shape, is ready to rock. But he hasn’t fought for real since November 2013, when he defeated Edwin Rodriguez. He handled E-Rod with ease and I think he does the same with the 32-year-old Smith, who has lost step-up fights…but we won’t know until we know.

The Ward power should be there, but his game has never been a power game. But his timing, his accuracy, which he relies heavily upon, will they be present at a level which we’ve been accustomed to?

Will the 27-0 (14 KOs) Ward not be able to do his thing, which is be an ace ring general, fight ultra-smart, be economical, choose the right punch at the right time, maintain the distance and pace to his liking at all times, put together nasty combos when the time is right, get in-get out, slip n dip n rip, make ‘im miss and make ‘im pay?

Will that left hook, and that hookercut, not be in A grade form, because it hasn’t been used that much of late? I expect all those elements will be in place against Smith, on this card put together by Roc Nation’s boxing team, a willing but not as able sort. I see the long jab bothering him, and the 31-year-old Ward being able to tie up if a bull rush bothers him. The left hooks that stung Arthur Abraham a tiny bit likely won’t land on or bother Ward. The stationary head target that Abraham found a bunch will be ringing from Ward stings…The relative immobility should be made to order for Ward…the single jab from Smith (35-5 with 20 Kos, been stopped twice) should be easy to decipher and time and adapt to…the high guard should be easy enough to pierce for the accurate sniper Ward…Should be..

We have to wait, and see, and verify…because rust is real, and stubborn…but I’m thinking if Ward has been touched by it, it will have a minimal effect on him, and he should get the UD on BET.

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COMMENTS

-michaelabii :

A good performance by Ward. He was caught flush on at least two occasions but took the punches well. His opposition tonight was no less than Golovkins prior opponents and in my opinion Ward is still the supreme talent of the two. I like how he looped the right hand to get around Smiths guard. He looked in shape as usual and tacticaly superior. Obviously, limited opposition on this night but it's always a joy to watch Ward go about his business. Welcome back Champ!


-brownsugar :

Wise move to ease back into action with the limited Smith who could have been any of the many "Smith's" on the planet with his non-distinctive fighting style and skill level, in fact he could have been named "John Doe" considering how average he was. Ward did what he had to do and it looks like his recently repaired right shoulder has made a full recovery. The legal layoff was a blessing in disguise because it aloud him to rehab his knee and his shoulder which is difficult for guys like Ward who like to stay busy. If Golovkin wants to get a piece of Ward, now would be a good time, ....... One or two more fights and Ward will be as Sharp as a mono-molecular blade.


-Bernie Campbell :

Smith definitely took money under the table for this one! He didnt even attempt to fight back! Smith is a rough customer, Ive seen him in action with Arthur Abraham....I suggest the hardcore boxing fan to study his two fights with King Arthur! He comes here handpicked by Ward and doesnt do squat! Something wrong with this picture!


-brownsugar :

You can blame the one sidedness on Ward, Bernie, plus Ward is not the plodding cement gorgyle statue that the current depleted version of Abraham is. The constant jab in the face was more than sufficient to limit Smith's output. Mr "John Doe" is as average as they come. The Chubby Smith was the perfect target practice for anyone coming off a 19 month lay off, he will probably get referrals for his sub par performance from other fighters looking for a human rust remover.


-amayseng :

I am with BC, Smith was paid to lose the man did not even attempt to make weight or show up in shape. Secondly, yes Ward has a good jab but it is not Doc Wlad's piston thumping mind shaking jab. IF you are truly fighting, and you continue to hit it is nothing but human nature to punch back and try to get a guy to stop hitting you. Smith did none of this, he was content to stand in full guard and just take shots for as close to ten rounds as he could for Ward to get some work in. Dude was paid off, and the commentary was an absolute joke, sounded like a written script.


-amayseng :

I am with BC, Smith was paid to lose the man did not even attempt to make weight or show up in shape. Secondly, yes Ward has a good jab but it is not Doc Wlad's piston thumping mind shaking jab. IF you are truly fighting, and you continue to get hit it is nothing but human nature to punch back and try to get a guy to stop hitting you. Smith did none of this, he was content to stand in full guard and just take shots for as close to ten rounds as he could for Ward to get some work in. Dude was paid off, and the commentary was an absolute joke, sounded like a written script.