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Andre Ward to Get Shoulder Surgery, Pavlik Fight Off

By Ryan Maquiñana

Super middleweight champion Andre Ward will cancel his upcoming title defense against Kelly Pavlik and will need surgery to repair an injury to his right shoulder, according to a report.

According to ESPN.com, Cameron Dunkin, Pavlik's manager, learned about the developments from Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who is Pavlik's promoter.

"Bob called me up and told me the fight was out and said, 'What are we gonna do with Pavlik?' He said [Ward's promoter Dan] Goossen called him and told him that Ward needed shoulder surgery," Dunkin said.

Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), from Oakland, Calif., was scheduled to fight Pavlik on Jan. 26 at the University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles, but after incurring the shoulder injury in sparring with middleweight Tony Hirsch, the bout was in jeopardy.  At the time, Ward's promoter Dan Goossen told BoxingScene.com/CSNBayArea.com that although Ward had received an MRI, results came back negative and that the reigning 168-pound king would not need surgery.

However, the proposed alternate dates of Feb. 23 and March 2 did not come to fruition, and now Ward might be sidelined until next September, according to a source close to the situation.  Meanwhile, Dunkin still plans to get Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs), a former undisputed middleweight champion from Youngstown, Ohio, another clash in the early part of 2013.

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 12-28-2012

no mention of what the injury was..1st thought is rotator cuff...that;s 7/8 months ...still the bout was a terrible matchup ...complete mismatch...

Comment by Realizniguhnit on 12-27-2012

So much for Ward being P4P. He drops on my list. You have to be durable and also reliable to stay at the top in this game..

Comment by sicko on 12-27-2012

GOOD! (not that Ward got injured, hopefully he recovers 100%) Really did not want to see a One-Sided Fight Anyway Hopefully while Ward is recovering somebody can emerge in his Division as a LEGIT CONTENDER! And no I am not…

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 12-27-2012

Too bad. I was looking forward to this.

Comment by WESS on 12-27-2012

Come on Bob you old POS, offer AA a fight vs Pavlik. AA is SMW trash and given Pav's personal issues, this would be a good test and a good fight that is winnable for either guy. However I wonder…

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