Andre Ward returned to action with a bang! After dropping Sullivan Barrera in the third, Ward went on to record a convincing points decision victory live on BoxNation.
A strong crowd of just over 8,000 watched the self-proclaimed 'Son of God' including Sergey Kovalev, who was watching ringside with interest.
It was nothing short of a boxing clinic for Ward's official Light-Heavyweight debut.
One blemish on an otherwise perfect performance was a point deduction for a shot below the belt late on.
Ward was impressive not only in attack but also in his defence, making the previously unbeaten Barrera miss with a large proportion of his shots.
Attention quickly turned to Sergey Kovalev with HBO provisionally pencilling in a November 19 date for the mouth-watering matchup.
Both fighters are expected to take an interim fight in the Summer in preparation.
Pound for pound superstar Andre Ward returns to BoxNation screens on Saturday 26 March when he squares off against unbeaten Sullivan Barrera.
The former Super-Middleweight World Champion finds his feet up at Light-Heavyweight with some potentially mouth-watering clashes against the likes of Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson on the horizon.
The Cuban born, Miami resident Barrera holds notable victories over Jeff Lacy and Karo Murat from last year and finds himself now on the cusp of World level.
Inactivity has been one criticism of Ward in recent years who had contractual issues out of the ring but after signing with new promoters RocNation will be hoping that is now a thing of the past.
In addition to inactivity, Ward has been plagued with several injuries, the most recent forcing him out of November’s slot on the huge Canelo v Cotto show in Las Vegas.
Barrera has reach and height advantage but Ward is the younger man. The Cuban has a fierce 71% KO ratio and will be needing that big right hand to trouble the ‘Son of God’.
Trained by Abel Sanchez, who also has Gennady Golovkin at the helm, it’s sure to be a tactically intruiging fight.
Victory for either man will put them in the firing line of the big punching Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev for later this year. A date has already been discussed with broadcaster HBO.
The bout will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, earning ward home advantage.