Ward Injures Shoulder, Pavlik Fight Likely Postponed

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

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 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 Ray-boom on 12-07-2012

[QUOTE=TaurusJ27;12776900]I think the fight won't get rescheduled.[/QUOTE] If it does get rescheduled hope it is still on semi neutral ground and not in Oakland. Something tells me that Ward wants out of this fight for some reason..

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-06-2012

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;12774800]Look for Ward to vacate after that so he doesn't have to travel to Denmark to defend. [/QUOTE] He doesn't have to travel to Denmark at all actually, he can defend the belt just as well in the US. But…

Comment by mikeMack on 12-06-2012

something smells here. Either Pavlik is back drinking. Or Ward has a Froch fight lined up soon.

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 12-06-2012

I think the fight won't get rescheduled.

Comment by chiguy91 on 12-06-2012

yeah, i don't think that many people wanted to see this fight. hopefully ward can take some time off and perhaps get a fight going with a top SMW. i'd love to see pavlik/chavez happen in 2013. have pavlik fight…

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