Oracle Arena, Oakland, United States
Tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight
Who won Ward vs Smith?
Andre Ward beat Paul Smith by technical knockout in the 9th round on Saturday 20th June 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 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 0 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 1 year, at 37 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, whose first professional fight was in 2003. He had fought 238 more professional rounds, 238 to Smith's 0.
Ward vs Smith form
Ward remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Sergey Kovalev on 19th November 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Light Heavyweight, IBF World Light heavyweight and WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Alexander Brand on 6th August 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Oracle Arena, Oakland.
Going into that contest, he had won against Sullivan Barrera on 26th March 2016 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Oracle Arena, Oakland.
Before that, he had beat Paul Smith on 20th June 2015 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Oracle Arena, Oakland.
He had defeated Edwin Rodriguez on 16th November 2013 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario.
Ward's last 5 fights had come over a period of 7 years, 5 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 5 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 57 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11.4 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.
What were the odds on Ward vs Smith?
Andre Ward was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Paul Smith made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.