Andre Ward (26-0-0, 14 KOs) put on a solid performance during his Sept. 8 outing against Chad Dawson, successfully defending his WBC super-middleweight title.
Ward was set to follow up that performance with a Jan. 26 fight against Kelly Pavlik, but a shoulder injury forced him to postpone the fight. However, Andre is now set to have surgery on the affected shoulder pretty soon, forcing him to cancel his bout against Pavlik.
That doesn’t mean Andre Ward won’t fight in 2013.
“I’m working with one of the best orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists in Northern California, and I know that I will come back stronger than before,” Ward stated, per Boxingscene.com. “I appreciate all the support that I’ve already received and my fans can rest assured that I’m going to be back in the ring as soon as possible. Despite the injury, I still plan to have a big 2013 and hope to have two fights in the New Year.”
Andre Ward vs. Pavlik wasn’t exactly a highly anticipated bout, as many boxing fans felt it would probably be a one-sided affair, with Andre dominating the action.
Ward’s injury might end up being a blessing in disguise, as the 28 year-old might be able to secure a better matchup for his next outing. It won’t be an easy task though, since there isn’t exactly a line of opponents fighting for a chance to test their skills against Ward.
Even though Andre is clearly one of the best boxers in the world right now — second only to Floyd Mayweather in my opinion — he isn’t a big draw with casual fans. That’s makes fighting him a high-risk, low-reward situation for many prospective opponents.
With time, that’ll probably change, but he’ll have to make do with what he can get for now. A fight against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez would probably be his best option at the moment. But the fact that Ward is a big super-middleweight, while Martinez is a small middleweight will make negotiations a bit difficult.