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Andre Ward shuts out Allan Green in Oakland

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Andre Ward dominated Allan Green in the Super Six World Boxing Classic tonight. (Photo by TJ Hogan, via <a href="!/album.php?aid=31970&id=83612869962" target="new">Showtime Boxing @ Facebook</a>)
Andre Ward dominated Allan Green in the Super Six World Boxing Classic tonight. (Photo by TJ Hogan, via Showtime Boxing @ Facebook)

It wasn't even close.

Tonight in Oakland at the Oracle Arena, Andre Ward stayed unbeaten, kept his WBA super middleweight title, and clinched a spot in the Super Six semi-finals with a totally dominant rout of Allan Green. Ward won on unanimous decision scores of 120-108 across the board, which was the same score Bad Left Hook had.

Ward (22-0, 13 KO) started a bit tight, but by the third round was cooking with gas. Most surprising was that he physically bullied and manhandled Green (29-2, 20 KO), and made the 30-year-old Oklahoman look like a club fighter. Ward threw nearly 200 more punches, landing 42 combinations compared to Green's measly six.

Right now, Green is scheduled to face Mikkel Kessler next. Though he he has but miniscule hope to advance into the tournament semifinals, he could still leave the tournament with a title belt and a big win should he beat Kessler. Part of me wonders if Green will even take the fight, but it would make sense to do it. It's a title shot (could be the last he'll get), it's a money fight for him, and a win would effectively turn his career around 180 degrees. But all of his bad habits were there tonight, and it's worth wondering where he'll be mentally after this embarrassment.

Ward will take on his close friend Andre Dirrell, in a fight that's make-or-break for Dirrell. Ward, with a belt, an undefeated record, and a blossoming star career, will surely not be looking to take it easy.

Antonio Tarver Update: Tarver did his usual good job in the broadcast booth, really taking Allan Green to task. After the fight, Tarver talked about his own career. He managed to take a shot at Danny Green for ducking him, with no recollection, it would seem, of the time Tarver's team completely screwed Green around back in 2007. Showtime had run promos for a Tarver-Green fight for December of that year, and suddenly it was off because Tarver never had signed the contract, and he took a much easier fight with Danny Santiago instead. Anyway, after his ill-advised dig at Danny Green, Tarver said he's moving up to heavyweight. Tarver turns 42 in November.