Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The super middleweight title bout between undisputed champion Andre Ward and former titlist Kelly Pavlik has been cancelled after it was determined that the former’s right shoulder injury needs immediate surgery.
Pavlik’s manager Cameron Dunkin said that he was notified by promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, that Ward will be sidelined for an extended period due to the injury.
“Bob called me up and told me the fight was out and said, ‘What are we gonna do with Pavlik?’ He said promoter Dan Goossen called him and told him that Ward needed shoulder surgery,” Dunkin said.
“So I don’t know what we’re gonna do, but we’re going to move forward and get Kelly a fight and get him back in the ring,” he added. “I sent him a text to let him know what was up because I couldn’t get in touch with him”.
Ward injured the shoulder during a sparring session in late November, postponing the Jan. 26 HBO main event scheduled to be held at Galen Center on the USC campus in Los Angeles.
Goossen and HBO had planned to reschedule the fight on March 2 at a venue to be determined because the Galen Center was not available on the new date.
The 28-year-old Ward unified 168-pound titles in the final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic in December 2011 with a dominant decision victory against Carl Froch to lock up fighter of the year honors.
However, Ward was limited to one fight in 2012, partly because of a fractured right hand he suffered in his final sparring session before the fight with Froch.
In his only fight of 2012, Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) scored a dominant 10th-round knockout of light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson Sept. 8.
Despite being an underdog, Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) asked Dunkin for the fight because he wants to test Ward’s mettle.