California referee Jack Reiss took the unusual step of deducting two points each from both Andre Ward and Edwin Rodriguez in round four for failing to break at his instructions and upon his attempts to pull the pair apart.
“We had two highly trained athletes full of adrenalin and emotion,” the veteran referee observed. “I deducted two points from each of them and warned them that the deduction of another point would result in a disqualification. That was done with the intent to produce an exciting, competitive fight all the way to its conclusion. And it did.”
Ward stated, “We knew he would come out and try and bull me. Instead of trying to win rounds he was looking to land one big shot. He wanted to make it ugly and hope he could land something big. Jack Reiss did a tremendous job keeping the action going.”
Rodriguez commented, “He was putting his head down a little too much. Andre Ward is very tricky, but does not have a lot of power in his right hand. I am just disappointed in my performance. The weight had nothing to do with it. He’s a good fighter. What can I say?