Although a deal had been reached and contracts were near being inked, HBO on Saturday insanely rejected a bout pitting The Ring and WBA super middleweight titlist Andre Ward against German Dimitri Sartison.
The 29-year-old Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) had hoped to scrap Sartison (30-2, 18 KOs) on September 28.
HBO apparently wasn’t interested in airing the match because the network thinks such a prizefight would lack intrigue.
Granted, despite being a former WBA super middleweight champ, the 33-year-old Sartison doesn’t exactly evoke memories of Marvin Hagler in the squared circle.
Nevertheless, still seeking an opponent, Ward is a budding legend who hasn’t fought since earning a 10th round TKO victory over “Bad” Chad Dawson last September.
A gold medalist as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the Bay Area native was injured in November while preparing to battle retired titleholder Kelly Pavlik.
After undergoing the knife on January 4 to fix a small tear in his right shoulder capsule, Ward began training in early March and still intends to return this autumn as a 168-pounder.
Voted the 2011 “Fighter of the Year,” Andre Ward was wrongly blindsided by HBO this afternoon.