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An injury to RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward's right shoulder has placed his scheduled March 2 title defense against former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik in doubt.
The HBO-televised clash between RING, WBA and WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward and former undisputed middleweight titleholder Kelly Pavlik could be canceled due to impending right shoulder surgery for Ward, according to a report by ESPN.com.
Targeted for March 2 after having already been rescheduled from Jan. 26 to Feb. 23, Ward-Pavlik, which was to feature a heavyweight bout between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne on its undercard, is apparently canceled.
"It's up to Goossen to talk about it, but he told me about what the situation was, and I told Cameron, who apparently spoke to [ESPN,]" said Arum. "It's not for me to say, and but yes, Dan called me. And yes, he said that the fight was off for now, but everything else should come from Dan."
Goossen is the event's lead promoter handling both Ward and Arreola on a show that was set to take place at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Ward is coming off an HBO-televised 10th-round knockout of RING and WBC light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson in September. Prior to that title defense, he dethroned Carl Froch as WBC 168-pound beltholder by unanimous decision in the finals of Showtime's Super Six Super Middleweight Classic last December.
A 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Ward became the first man to stop Dawson, whom he floored during the third, fourth and 10th rounds. Ward fought through a broken left hand to defeat Froch and was later named Fighter of The Year for 2011 and the recipient of the Sugar Ray Robinson Trophy from the Boxing Writers' Association of America.
Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) is coming off his fourth straight victory with a unanimous decision over Will Rosinsky in July. Pavlik burst onto the scene with a seventh-round knockout of then-undisputed and previously undefeated middleweight titleholder Jermain Taylor in September of 2007.
Pavlik was later dethroned as WBC and WBO 160-pound titleholder via unanimous decision by Sergio Martinez in April of 2010, and has since fought at or above 168 pounds.
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