The fight was only Ward’s second since beating Carl Froch in 2011.
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As soon as Andre Ward found his stride following his lengthy layoff, the fight quickly came to an end.Ward made a triumphant return to the ring and delighted his home crowd when he stopped England's Paul Smith in the ninth round Saturday night in a nontitle fight.Smith spent most of the fight in defensive mode, trying to block Ward's many punches instead of throwing many of his own. Smith did stagger Ward with a big right hand in the seventh, but Ward responded with a flurry and Smith was cut late in the round.Ward landed more big punches in the eighth as blood started dripping down the left side of Smith's face.Smith said he thought he broke his nose on Ward's final combination before the fight was stopped.Smith weighed in for the 172-pound fight at 176.4 pounds Friday.
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