Due to a bummed right shoulder “The Son of God” suffered sparring that requires surgery, The Ring, WBA, WBC and super middleweight champ Andre Ward has been forced to cancel his bout against past titlist Kelly Pavlik at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
It is also now uncertain if Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who became the first American to capture boxing gold in eight years as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, will be able to fight England’s Carl Froch in 2013.
Most recently, the Bay Area native easily retained his belts by battering formidable Ring Magazine and WBC light heavyweight titleholder “Bad” Chad Dawson en route to achieving a 10th round TKO on September 8 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Prior to dominating Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs), Ward unified two crowns and won The Super Six World Boxing Classic when he trumped Froch (30-2, 22 KOs) by unanimous decision on December 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
The 28-year-old Ward voted last winter as the 2011 “Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), has unbelievably not vacated the squared circle on the losing end of a bout since he was a 12-year-old amateur.
“The Son of God,” currently rated by Ring Magazine as the second pound-for-pound boxer in the world, is now in position to become a national superstar and household name like fellow American gold medalists Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron praised Ward and predicts “The Son of God” will outclass all challengers for the foreseeable future.
“Ward clearly sticks out in the division,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “He had just a great performance his last time out. There’s no telling when, or if, he’ll next lose.”
While Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) is left scrambling for a new opponent, the 35-year-old Froch, the current IBF super-middleweight champion and former two-time WBC super-middleweight king, will likely throw fists for a second time with Danish scrapper Mikkel Kessler in May or June.
In regard to Ward, it’s concerning that an orthodox boxer, especially one who displayed newfound power against Dawson, has sustained such an injury.
Regardless, a unique talent for the ages like Andre Ward will somehow find a way to recover and remain the class of “The Sweet Science.”