By Rick Reeno
A source with knowledge of the situation has advised BoxingScene.com that a potential fight between Andre Ward and Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin is being held up by the weight.
From what BoxingScene was told, Golovkin's side is insisting on a catch-weight of 164-pounds.
There have been conversations between Roc Nation Sports (who have Ward) and K2 Promotions (who have Golovkin), but those discussions have gone absolutely nowhere because the two sides are unable to get past the issue of weight.
Ward (28-0, 15KOs) returned to the ring last month to grab a ninth round TKO over Paul Smith. Golovkin (33-0, 30KOs) retained his WBA/IBO middleweight titles in May with a sixth round TKO of Willie Monroe Jr. Both fighters are expected to return in the fall.
Ward, who hasn't weighed under 166 since November of 2006, fought Smith at a catch-weight of 172-pounds.
The Olympic gold medal winner has informed his promoter that he wants to face Golovkin next, but he won't drop down in weight to make it happen - especially after Golovkin's team offered the full super middleweight limit of 168 to both Carl Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
"Ward wants to fight Golovkin and he wants to fight him next. But it won't happen at 164-pounds. By accepting 168 with Carl Froch and Chavez Jr, but then demanding 164 with Ward - it's their way of saying 'we don't want to fight Andre Ward," the source told BoxingScene.com.