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By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 11/16/13
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ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) -- Andre Ward returned from a 14-month ring absence with a lop-sided unanimous decision over Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday night, defending his WBA super middleweight title. Ward (27-0) won nearly every round in a dominant effort against the previously unbeaten Rodriguez at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The judges favored Ward 118-106, 117-107 and 116-108 over Rodriguez, who failed to make weight for the bout, thereby missing the chance to win a title. Ward hadn't fought since September 2012, when he stopped former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in arguably the most impressive performance of his pro career. The U.S. Olympic gold medalist rose to prominence with a victory in the Super Six 168-pound tournament before beating Dawson to join the world's top pound-for-pound fighters.
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