WBA super middleweight Andre Ward's trainer said he was not surprised challenger Edwin Rodriguez didn't make the 168-pound weight limit for Saturday night's fight at Ontario.

Rodriguez (24-0-0, 16 KOs) came in two pounds over at Friday's weigh-in, which means the HBO fight will go on, but Ward's WBA title no longer is at stake.

"First of all, I was disappointed but at the same time, I wasn't surprised," said Virgil Hunter, Ward's long-time trainer, in a statement through their publicist.

"From us doing our homework on Edwin, we knew he lacked the discipline. It's unfortunate that he has to live with the fact that he disappointed the fans and cheated his team and all those people who have supported him. I could elaborate further, but this situation speaks for itself."

Staff Archives: WBA/WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward, of Oakland, celebrates his TKO over WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Chad Dawson,
Staff Archives: WBA/WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward, of Oakland, celebrates his TKO over WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Chad Dawson, of New Havent, Conn., after the fight was stopped in the 10th round of a 12-round bout of the WBA/WBC super middleweight championship at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 8., 2012. Ward retained his titles. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Ward (26-0-0, 13 KOs) will pocket an extra $100,000 from Rodriguez' portion of the purse, boosting the Oakland-based boxer's total take to $2 million.

A victory by Ward still would count as a title defense, but even if he were to lose he would retain his WBA crown.

Ward has not fought in more than 14 months, following shoulder surgery in January, but Hunter promised his man will hold up his end of the bargain.

"Our team has moved past it, we are preparing for (Saturday) night and our game plan will not change," Hunter said. "We will let him live with this unprofessional display and focus on our own preparations for another outstanding Andre Ward performance."