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.
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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