Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 8/28/14

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Andre Ward celebrates after defeating Mikkel Kessler of Denmark during their WBA Super Middleweight Championship Bout at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 21, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The long wait for WBA and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward's (Oakland, Calif.) return to the ring is nearly over. Ward and trainer Virgil Hunter will take part in their final Bay Area training session today at his Hayward boxing gym before traveling south to Ontario, Calif., on Tuesday morning. The consensus number two pound-for-pound fighter in the world will put his belts on the line in a battle with undefeated contender Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez on Saturday at the Citizens Business Bank Arena and live on HBO. Saturday's bout marks Ward's first fight in 14 months following surgery to repair a right shoulder injury that the 29-year-old boxer recently revealed he's had for over 15 years. Ward exasperated the rotator cuff tear in preparation for a scheduled bout with Kelly Pavlik late last year, and the injury required major surgery in January. After fighting through the injury for the majority of his amateur and professional career, the Olympic champi...
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