by Nat Gottlieb
Four years ago an unbeaten boxer and Olympic Gold medalist who was largely untested as a pro stepped into the ring with one of the world's best super middleweights. When he left that ring, having stunned Mikkel Kessler, Andre Ward was on his way to becoming one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world.
Now, three months away from his 30th birthday, Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) will find himself in the ring on Nov. 16 with Edwin Rodriguez for a fight with more than a little déjà vu attached to it. In Rodriguez, Ward will be looking across the ring at a mirror image of himself at 25: an unbeaten young boxer who is untested at the elite level.