One of boxing’s biggest names makes his 2013 debut in a stellar super middleweight title fight when World Championship Boxing: Andre Ward VS. Edwin Rodriguez is seen Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) from Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Cal., exclusively on HBO.The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), one of the sport’s premier fighters and top attractions, returns for his first fight since Sept. 2012, when he sustained a shoulder injury that required surgery and rehab. Making his HBO debut in that 168-pound title bout, the 29-year-old Oakland, Cal. native knocked out light heavyweight titleholder Chad Dawson.
Ward’s foe is fast-rising super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs), 28, of Worcester, Mass., who will be fighting for the first time in California and looks to build on his momentum.
The HBO Films presentation “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” debuts earlier in the evening (8:00-9:30 p.m.), followed by the debut of episode two of the all-access reality series “24/7 Pacquiao/Rios” (9:30-10:00 p.m.).
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Other HBO playdates: Nov. 17 (10:00 a.m.) and 18 (1:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 17 (5:30 p.m.) and 19 (midnight)