Andre Ward takes in Team USA basketball action in Oakland

Andre Ward takes in Team USA basketball action in Oakland



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2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in boxing cheers on the mens' basketball team going for gold in Rio this August during an exhibition game against China.

Boxer and former U.S. Olympian Andre Ward (left) visit with new Golden State Warrior and Team USA member Kevin Durant in Oakland at an exhibition game Tuesday. Photo: Khristopher "Squint" Sandifer

SAN DIEGO, July 27, 2016 – Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time professional boxing titleholder Andre Ward was on hand at Oracle Arena in his home town of Oakland for the USA Basketball Showcase featuring Team USA vs. Team China on Tuesday night, July 26.

Andre Ward watches Team USA put a beating on Team China in exhibition at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday. Photo: Khristopher "Squint" Sandifer
Andre Ward watches Team USA put a beating on Team China in exhibition at the Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday. Photo: Khristopher “Squint” Sandifer

Ward cheered on fellow Roc Nation athlete and new Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant and Team USA as they cruised to victory by a score of 107-57. Ward is the last male American boxer to win an Olympic gold medal. Ward won at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the light heavyweight division. The last Olympic Gold Medalist for the U.S., women’s middleweight Claressa Shields of Flint, Michigan, won in 2012 in London. She will return for a second shot at gold in Rio in August.

Andre Ward congratulates DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers playing for Team USA after Tuesday's game Oracle Arena. Photo: Khristopher "Squint" Sandifer
Andre Ward congratulates DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers playing for Team USA after Tuesday’s game Oracle Arena. Photo: Khristopher “Squint” Sandifer

Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday, August 6 at Oracle Arena taking on on power-punching Colombian Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs). The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT. This fight is consider a “tune-up” for the long anticipated showdown with light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev of Russia, set for November 19 in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. The winner will be considered the world’s best pound for pound boxer with a good showing.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, Fellow PRSA, is an award-winning boxing journalist covering the Sweet Science for Communities and for boxing fans worldwide. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. She is owner of the Falcon Valley Group based in San Diego, California. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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