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Ward-Green rescheduled for June 19

The Super Six World Boxing Classic fight between Andre Ward and Allan Green has been rescheduled for June 19, and will stay in Oakland. The fight was initially set for April 17, then moved to April 24 when Showtime switched the dates for that fight and the Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler scrap.

Ward then pulled out of the fight with an injury. Green and his team tried to get the fight moved to Oklahoma (his home state), which was almost surely never a realistic possibility, but now Showtime has released a statement saying the fight is set once again.

Ward (21-0, 13 KO) shocked a lot of people with a dominant defeat of Kessler in November. Green (29-1, 20 KO) is replacing Jermain Taylor in the tournament and will be a massive underdog in this fight. He's most famous for his 18-second knockout of Jaidon Codrington on ShoBox, but that was five years ago, and since then his career has stalled. He's taken only one major crack at moving up the ladder, facing Edison Miranda back in 2007. Green was ill that night and suffered his only career loss, but between Codrington and Miranda he didn't do a lot, and since Miranda he hasn't done much either. His most newsworthy actions since losing to Miranda are riling up ESPN for pulling out of a Friday Night Fights with no notice, and turning down a shot at middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik.

But Green can punch, and when he's focused and on his game, is a dangerous fighter. It's something of a crapshoot as to which Allan Green you'll get in any given fight, but even the best Green would be an underdog against the highly-skilled Ward.

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