Ward vs Smith Info
Andre Ward beat Paul Smith by technical knockout in the 9th round on Saturday 20th June 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The fight took place over rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
Ward vs Smith stats
Andre Ward stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 27 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 14 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Paul Smith made his way to the ring with a record of 35 wins, 5 loses and draws, with 20 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Smith had a slight advantage in power over Ward, with a 57% knock out percentage over Ward's 52%.
Andre Ward was the younger man by 2 years, at 36 years old.
Ward had a height advantage of 1 inch over Smith. Despite this, Smith had 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Andre Ward & Paul Smith fought out of an orthodox stance.
Ward was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 13 less fights, and made his debut in 2004, 1 year and 8 months later than Smith, who’s first professional fight was in 2003. He had fought 238 more professional rounds, 238 to Smith's .
Ward vs Smith form
Ward remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 1 of his last 3 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Edwin Rodriguez on 16th November 2013 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Chad Dawson on 8th September 2012 by technical knockout in the 10th round in their WBC World Super Middleweight and WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Oracle Arena, Oakland.
Going into that contest, he had won against Carl Froch on 17th December 2011 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Middleweight and WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
Smith had lost to all of his last 1 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Arthur Abraham on 21st February 2015 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Super Middleweight championship fight at O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, Germany.
Ward's last 3 fights had come over a period of 1 year 10 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 34 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11.3 rounds on average.
What time did Ward vs Smith start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 12:00 am EST / 9:00 pm PST at Oracle Arena, Oakland, United States, which was around 5:00 am BST in the UK.