Sadly Andre Ward’s debut fight at Light Heavyweight has been put on hold as the American has been forced to pull out of his arranged bout in Las Vegas on November 21 because of injury.
The WBA (Super) super-middleweight champion was set to make his debut at 175lbs in the co-feature at the Mandalay Bay alongside Miguel Cotto’s WBC middleweight title bout with Saul Alvarez, but has been ruled out because of inflammation and pain in his right knee.
Ward’s opponent had not been confirmed, although most suspected the fight to be against Colombian Alexander Brand but now its mostly likely we wont see Ward back in the ring until 2016.
Ward has been quoted as saying “I’m extremely disappointed that I’m missing this opportunity on November 21, but at the same time, I’m encouraged,” Ward (28-0-KO15).
“Anytime I have had a minor or major setback in my career, by the grace of God, I’ve come back stronger and this will be no different. I’m looking forward to a big 2016. Thank you to all my fans for your support and patience.”
Ward, 31, has fought only three times since beating the “Cobra” Carl Froch in December 2011 to become one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound boxers after wining the Super 6.
The former Olympic gold medallist had a 14-month layoff after stopping Chad Dawson in August 2012, which was followed by a further 19 months out of the ring due to contractual problems before returning in June to beat Britain’s Paul Smith in California.
Roc Nation, the same promoters of Cotto, are working to add a replacement fight to the event for the Undercard of the huge Cotto Canelo clash.
Roc Nation executive David Itskowitch has been quoted as saying “We have no doubt that Andre will come back stronger than ever once his knee heals and that he will be a force in the light-heavyweight division,”
“We are working diligently to make an intriguing fight that will deliver a level of excitement commensurate with this great event.”
Ward is still expected to take on WBA (Super), WBO and IBF light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev next year in the 3rd and final fight of his HBO contract.
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