By Ryan Maquiñana
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward has incurred a shoulder injury in training and will likely be forced to postpone his Jan. 26 defense against Kelly Pavlik at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, sources have confirmed with BoxingScene.com/CSNBayArea.com.
Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) was slated to headline an HBO World Championship Boxing main event against Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs), the former undisputed middleweight champion. Heavyweights Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne were scheduled to fight in a title eliminator in the televised co-feature.
There has been no word yet regarding the status of the rest of the card, but Ward-Pavlik will likely be headed for either late February or early March.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated initially reported the story on Wednesday night.
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.