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Andre Ward set to make big statement

Andre Ward celebrates after beating Sakio Bika during

Andre Ward celebrates after beating Sakio Bika during the WBA super middleweight championship boxing fight in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Ward won by unanimous decision to retain his title. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

If the term “flying-under-the-radar” was recognized in Webster’s Dictionary, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward’s face would be entrenched next to it.

Has any fighter in recent memory been any more under-publicized? Ward is only 23-0 with 13 knockouts with recent wins over the likes Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green and Edison Miranda.

Ward will take on Arthur Abraham (32-2) in a Super Six semifinal on May 14 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. live on Showtime.

Can the Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic help Ward in his quest to enter the limelight? We can only hope. But Ward is fighting for more than just an opportunity to be labeled the best in the world.

"It's the same story every time - people doubting me and asking if I'm ready,” Ward said. “I think people forget that I have a family to feed. I need to win just as badly as anyone else.”

Coming off consecutive losses to Andre Dirrell and Carl Froch, Abraham needs a win in the worse way. Once considered one of the best fighters in the world, Abraham’s profile has been considerably scaled back by the media and fans. But Abraham wanted to put the past behind him.

"I don't want to speak about what went wrong in the past. I want to focus on Andre,” Abraham said. “I will use my heart, my fists, my body and my hands to defeat Andre.”


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