The 30-year-old Ward (27-0, 14 KOs), who has also twice been overruled by the California State Athletic Commission, is slated to work with Goossen until November 8, 2016.
Ward, who previously hadn’t fought 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 29-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.
A gold medalist as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Ward possesses the skills to earn a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Sadly, rather than remaining determined to mature into a legendary prizefighter, Andre Ward only wants to battle Dan Goossen over Section 2855 of the California Labor Code.