The first 4 rounds seemed more like an MMA outing than a boxing bout. Referee Jack Reiss had his hands full, continually having to separate the combatants and getting shoved and punched in the process. In the 4th he had had enough, penalizing both fighters 2 points each for unsportsmanlike conduct and asking the the commission to fine them both. After that things started to settle down, although Reiss still felt it necessary to step in between both fighters on the occasional round ending stare down.
Needless to say Ward dominated Rodriguez in an impressive fashion, landing combinations while Rodriguez was only able to land single shots.
Here are my images from that fight;
Rodriguez scores early, but we saw little of this afterwards.
The 4th round, Reiss has to pull the fighters apart,
then talks to Rodriguez,
And finally reminds each fighter again at the beginning of the 5th!
After things settled down, Ward totally dominated.
With head shot after head shot,
Reiss stepping in between at rounds end, escorting Ward back to the corner while Rodriguez continues to stare!
If you can't hit him with the glove, the elbow to the back of the head will do!
In the end it was a unanimous decision, 118-106, 117-107, 116-108 for Andre 'S.O.G.' Ward
Special thanks to Goossen/Tudor Promotions.
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All images shot with Canon 1Dx and EF 300mm f/2.8 lens. I was 'shooting from the stratosphere'.
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