In a busy night of boxing in the US to mark Thanksgiving weekend, all champions successfully retained their titles.
Hometown boy Andre Ward defeated tough challenger Sakio Bika in front of a hometown crowd in Oakland, California in the second defence of his WBA super-middleweight title. Showing he could rough it with the best of them, Ward scrapped his way to a unanimous points victory.
Earlier in the night, Carl Froch’s emphatic win over Arthur Abraham meant that Andre Ward would face King Arthur in the semi-finals of the Super Six, with Froch going on to fight Glen Johnson in the other bracket.
Back in boxing’s current home, Juan Manuel Marquez picked himself up off the canvas to stop hardened Aussie Michael Katsidis in an explosive battle at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, ensuring he remained attached to his WBA and WBO lightweight titles.
The Mexican warrior was knocked down in the third but recovered to take control of the fight, landing a flurry of unanswered punches in the ninth round that forced referee Kenny Bayless to halt proceedings.
In the second half of the doubleheader, undefeated welterweight champion Andre Berto took his record to 27-0 with a brutal knockout of Mexico’s Freddy Hernandez in the first round. The performance should raise the Haitian’s stock highly as he’s already been touted as a prospective opponent for Manny Pacquiao.