ANDRE WARD TO BE GUEST IN-STUDIO HOST OF THIS WEEK’S ESPN2 “FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS”

S.O.G. will Discuss his Upcoming World Title Defense on April 24 in the next stage of the

Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament

Los Angeles, CA (February 25, 2010) – Newly crowned WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) – the last American to win an Olympic boxing gold medal — will be the special in-studio guest in Bristol, CT for this week’s ESPN2 telecast of “ESPN Friday Night Fights.”

The undefeated 26-year old native of Oakland, CA, who captured gold in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, upset and dethroned tournament favorite Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler in his Stage One bout in Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic back on November 21 of last year.  Andre will, among other boxing-related topics, discuss his upcoming Stage Two confrontation – and first WBA title defense — against Allan Green set for April 24.

Green (29-1, 20, KOs), age 30 from Tulsa, OK, has been named as a Super Six replacement for Jermaine Taylor, who withdrew from the remainder of the tournament following a brutal knockout at the hands of Germany’s Arthur Abraham in his Stage One bout.  Green’s only loss as a pro was to Edison Miranda by decision three years ago, who Ward beat in May of last year.

“I am very excited and appreciative for the opportunity afforded me by ESPN to come into the living rooms of my many fans and those of boxing who may not know me as well yet,” Ward said.  “I invite you all to tune in to ‘Friday Night Fights.’

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