Much to the dismay of the “Son of God,” the California State Athletic Commission upheld Dan Goossen's promotional contract with Andre Ward on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Ward (27-0, 14 KOs), who has now failed twice in 10 months to terminate the agreement, is slated to work with Goossen until Nov. 8, 2016.
"It's now time to sit down with Andre and his advisers to put these legal disputes behind us and concentrate on getting Andre back to fighting consistently inside the ring," Goossen said. "Andre and I have had success together and there's no reason not to get back on track as a team to secure his status as the top fighter in the world behind Floyd Mayweather."
Ward, who previously hadn’t scrapped since earning a 10th round TKO victory over “Bad” Chad Dawson in September 2012, last exited the squared circle on November 16 after outclassing Edwin Rodríguez to easily safeguard The Ring and WBA super middleweight belts.
A brilliant tactician who hasn’t been conquered since he was a 12-year-old amateur, Ward officially beat the 28-year-old Rodríguez (24-1, 16 KOs) by scores of 118-106, 117-107 and 116-108.
Using elite footwork, a brilliant jab, and ferocious left hook, Ward dominated Rodríguez and absorbed virtually no punishment over 36 minutes.
The sport’s second premier pound-for-pounder is a defensive virtuoso who employs expert movement to keep opponents unbalanced.
Quickly adapting and readjusting to Rodríguez’s roughhouse tactics, Ward dictated the pace of the bout and excelled following a 14 month layoff.
Many onlookers and insiders predict Ward will eventually reemerge from his latest hiatus to meet the winner of the Gennady Golovkin versus Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. clash on July 19.
The 31-year-old Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs), who took an extended break following the death of his father in February, will brutalize the 28-year-old Chavez (48-1-1-1, 32 KOs) into submission this summer.
Hence, boxing fans could be treated to an exceptional show pitting Ward against Golovkin in the wintertime.
However, in order to face Golovkin or be considered a legendary prizefighter, Andre Ward must perform “consistently inside the ring.”