Classy super middleweight Andre Ward has allowed recent opponent Paul Smith to keep the money the Briton was supposed to give up for coming in overweight for their Oakland clash.
Ward, 31, dominated and stopped Smith in their bout at the Oracle Arena after Smith had originally come in 4.4lbs over the stipulated catchweight before again scaling heavy on a second weigh-in the next day.
All in all, Smith lost $60,000 of his $225,000 purse, with Ward gaining a percentage and the board overseeing the fight receiving some of the fine. Ward has now allowed ‘Smigga’ to keep the money he was to pocket as the American had already claimed a cheque for $2 million for his part in a great victory.
Although those who say Smith was unprofessional may disagree, it’s a real act of kindness from the highly religious fighter who ended the challenge of ‘The Real Gone Kid’ in nine bloody rounds of a brutal fight. The one-sided encounter was becoming increasingly hard to watch before Smith trainer Joe Gallagher did the right thing and threw in the towel.
The ‘S.O.G’ re-entered the WBN Pound for Pound Top 50 at number eleven after being off the list for some seven months due to inactivity and Ward aims to make up for lost time by staying busy over the coming months.