HBO commentator and super middleweight champion Andre Ward caused a buzz when he showed up at rival network Showtime’s Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez weigh-in on Friday.
Canelo Alvarez believes that he will “find a way” to land his shots against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday and the defending junior middleweight champ says sparring with lighter-weight fighters helped make him sharp enough to do so.
Andre Ward on his relationship with promoter Dan Goossen: “If we don’t have an understanding, which it looks like we don’t right now, then we have a major problem.”
RING/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward is scheduled to meet with the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to sever ties with Van Nuys-based promoter Dan Goossen, according to a statement by the Oakland-based fighter.
Andre Ward says that Carl Froch isn’t at the top of his list of potential opponents but adds that if he did grant the British star a rematch, “I would look to stop him.” Ward will co-commentate the HBO-televised Chad Dawson-Adonis Stevenson fight on Saturday.
RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward on his decision to vacate the WBC’s “Champion Emeritus” title: “I think the fans know and appreciate that I am the super middleweight champion of the world, and I trust that I will continue to be recognized as such.”
Mike Alvarado’s unanimous-decision win in his rematch with Brandon Rios drew 1.2 million viewers on HBO, according to the network.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. claims he has been pursued by promoter Curtis Jackson, who is also known as the rapper 50 Cent. Russell is managed by Al Haymon and has a working relationship with Golden Boy Promotions.
HBO’s ringside scorer Harold Lederman said Andre Ward was “terrific,” and, “sharp” as a network commentator for this past Saturday’s triple-header at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
RING, WBA and WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward said “I can’t wait to get back out there and perform for all my fans” after having endured surgery on his right shoulder on Friday.
Andre Ward on his shoulder injury: “I’ve still got many great years left in this sport. I’m just ready to get on the other side of this procedure and to get back to work.”
An injury to RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward’s right shoulder has forced the cancelation of a scheduled March 2 defense against former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik.