Tuesday, May 12, has been declared Andre Ward Day in Oakland and the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist will spend part of it working. Ward and his opponent in Saturday’s huge 12-round super middleweight homecoming fight at the Oracle Arena–Edison Miranda—will both take part in a free open workout Tuesday at the Plaza between the Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Miranda will begin his workout at 4:30 p.m. PT, and Ward will follow at 5:30 p.m. Ward said he can’t wait to wake up and begin his monumental day on Tuesday. “Wow! It’s exciting to get this news especially because this is the week of my fight,” Ward said. “It really gives me strength and comfort that The City of Oakland is behind Andre Ward.” Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums announced the proclamation on Monday.
It reads in part:
“Whereas, we salute Andre Ward for his steadfast commitment, his vision and his perseverance in pursuit of prominence in the field of boxing; and his current ranking as an undefeated professional fighter and an Olympic Gold medalist; and…
Whereas, we applaud his devoting to the sport, his exemplary sportsmanship and we appreciate his unwavering desire and compassion for the prize fighting profession as well as his strength as an ambassador to the sport, serving as a role model to millions of young men and women in Oakland and beyond; and…
Whereas, we congratulate Andre Ward for passionately accepting his call to worship and for continuing to give honor to his faith; and we proudly welcome him home for his professional debut in Oakland.”
The 12-round fight for Ward’s North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super middleweight titles will be the featured bout on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The event will be promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Leonard Productions. The Ward-Miranda bout will be presented in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing.
Tickets, starting at $25 are on sale at the Oracle Box Office (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 pm, and Saturday starting at 10 a.m.), online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or through Ticketmaster Outlets at the following outlet partners: select Macy’s stores and select Ritmo Latino stores. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. PT. The first non-televised fight is at 5 p.m. PT.