Andre Ward on Shoulder Surgery, Pavlik Cancellation

By Ryan Maquiñana

After Andre Ward was forced to pull out of a scheduled super middleweight title defense against Kelly Pavlik, he released a statement through his publicist, Julie Goldsticker:

“When I first got injured, there was a lot of inflammation, and the MRI was misread by the first radiologist. I’ve been doing extensive rehab and the shoulder was getting stronger, but after three and a half weeks of rehab, there was still slight pain that had me concerned enough to get two additional opinions,” Ward said.  “It was then diagnosed that there is a small tear in my shoulder capsule. It’s not a major tear, but I can either rest it and see if it heals itself or speed up the process by surgically repairing it, and be stronger than I was before the injury and that’s what we opted to do.”

Ward is tentatively scheduled to have surgery late next week in the Bay Area.

“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. 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,” Ward said.  “Despite the injury, I still plan to have a big 2013 and hope to have two fights in the New Year.”

“I was really looking forward to the fight with Pavlik. Everything was on board and situations happen, but I wish Kelly Pavilk and his team nothing but the best in the future,” he added.

Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) was slated to meet Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) on Jan. 26 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, but injured his shoulder during a sparring session with middleweight Tony Hirsch.

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for  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, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

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

[QUOTE=Ringlife;12864587]I wasn't all that hyped about that fight anyway. It was a good payday for both guys though. Oh well maybe Bob Arum can make Pavlik vs Chavez JR now. No need for a Martinez vs Chavez Jr one sided…

Comment by Ringlife on 12-28-2012

I wasn't all that hyped about that fight anyway. It was a good payday for both guys though. Oh well maybe Bob Arum can make Pavlik vs Chavez JR now. No need for a Martinez vs Chavez Jr one sided…

Comment by Skittlez on 12-28-2012

Dawwww Andrea hurt his little pinky? Daww so cute....... Joe Calzaghe would have cut that pinky off for a million dollars.

Comment by MJ223 on 12-28-2012

[B]Hope he can stay healthy..... I want to see him more often [/B]

Comment by Tmann400 on 12-27-2012

[QUOTE=mathed;12863939]I had a shoulder injury, minor tear, and it took over 6 months for it to heal up sufficiently. There were shooting pains for about 4 months. I wish him luck on the surgery.[/QUOTE]Yea. Ward has already come back from…

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