By David Robinett
Quick quotes from this morning’s press conference in Ontario for the upcoming Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez fight.
Edwin Rodriguez: I respect Andre Ward, he’s a good fighter, he’s accomplished a lot in the sport of boxing, winning the Super Six Tournament. But at the same time, I don’t respect him either. I’m ready to get in there. I know I have to wait until Saturday night, but I can’t wait to get inside that ring and punch this guy [Ward] in the face.
Lou DiBella, Rodriguez’s Promoter: Edwin’s not here just to appear, just to be tough, he’s here to win. He’s the strongest, youngest, hungriest fighter Andre Ward has fought, and that includes the Super Six Tournament.
Andre Ward: Everybody keeps on talking about how hungry he [Rodriguez] is, how he’s a hungry challenger. Well I’m a hungry champion. I’ve been hearing a lot of talk from him and his coach, but while they’ve been talking, I’ve been working, I’ve been grinding. Come Saturday night, then we’ll talk. I’m locked in.
Virgil Hunter, Ward’s Trainer: It’s been 17 years since Andre’s lost. He’s not going to give you gimmicks, he’s not going to give you one-liners, he’s just plain and simple the man. They say style makes fights, but we don’t have one style. We have five or six styles and Edwin’s going to have to adapt.