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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Five keys for Andre Ward

By Bernardo Pilatti

After a 14-month hiatus, super middleweight champion Andre Ward will be back in action to defend his title against unbeaten Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez.

Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who had shoulder surgery in January, is still one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in boxing coming off a stoppage victory against then-light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in September 2012.

Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) is coming off the most impressive victory of his career when he knocked out light heavyweight Denis Grachev in the first round of their July bout in Monte Carlo.

Here are five keys to victory for Ward against Rodriguez: