Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) moved one step closer to a fall showdown with light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev by winning a wide 12-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Sullivan Barrera (17-1, 12 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Saturday night.
All three judges had Ward winning the bout by scores of 117-109, 119-109, and 117-108.
Ward, making his debut in the light heavyweight division, had some trouble with Barrera’s length in the early going. The bigger man worked his jab--while Ward studied him. Barrera stalked Ward, looking for something to land. Both boxers connected with right hands. Ward landed two left hooks near the end of the round two.