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Andre Ward on Top Rank Rumors, Says HBO Contract is Up

By Ryan Burton

Rumors in the industry have been swirling the past few that WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) may make the move to Top Rank Inc.

The 33-year-old Olympic Gold Medalist is currently promoted by Roc Nation but there have also been rumors that Jay-Z's promotional company may not stay in the sport for the long haul.

Ward is managed by James Prince, who has had fighters promoted by Top Rank for several years, and currently has Olympic 2016 silver medalist Shakur Stevenson and heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings under contract with the promotional outfit. Stevenson is also co-managed by Ward himself.

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BoxingScene.com and a small group of reporters caught up with Ward shortly after he provided expert commentary on ESPN's broadcast of Terence Crawford's third round knockout of Julius Indongo to unify all four major titles in the super lightweight division.

"I am still with Roc Nation 100%. My contract is up (with HBO) right now so I am a free agent there. My team is talking and working. Like I said options will be presented in a couple weeks," said Ward.

The Bay Area native didn't say to much about potentially working with Bob Arum's promotional company but did say that e was very impressed with the ESPN format for boxing.

"I will tell you this - this is beautiful tonight - what Top Rank and ESPN are doing. You have to notice what they are doing and any fighter I think would want to be a part of this. That I will tell you," Ward stated.

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by DominiBox on 08-25-2017

[QUOTE=A.K;17965716]Al haymons fighters make money and arum will never give ward a 6 mil payday like roc nation, arums cheap and How much did Bradley make in comparison to arum?[/QUOTE] I'm still waiting for the names.

Comment by BoxHec on 08-23-2017

Originally Posted by BoxHec View Post That's what I said, you run your b ! t c h mouth around for attention... You "talk crap" about one of the greatest boxer of the 21st century on a boxing site and…

Comment by BoxHec on 08-23-2017

[QUOTE=daggum;17971796]a great boxer doesnt have to rely on fighting at home and cheating over and over to win. his career is fraudulent and built on cheating jutst because he was american and they thought they could turn him into a…

Comment by daggum on 08-22-2017

[QUOTE=BoxHec;17969654]That's what I said, you run your b ! t c h mouth around for attention... You "talk crap" about one of the greatest boxer of the 21st century on a boxing site and you believe to not have replies…

Comment by Idunnoshet on 08-22-2017

[QUOTE=BoxHec;17969654]That's what I said, you run your b ! t c h mouth around for attention... You "talk crap" about one of the greatest boxer of the 21st century on a boxing site and you believe to not have replies…

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