Update on Andre Ward Ring Return

At times, it seems like this is Floyd Mayweathers’ world and we just share some space with him. Floyd pretty much did two things in the last few week, as he made us wait to see if he’d take The Fight.

1) Take the air out of the room, and siphon interest in most if not all other boxing matches and potential matches and 2.) Get lots of interest in his Shots app.

I chatted with manager James Prince, who works with Andre Ward, and of course Bryant Jennings, who tests Wladimir Klitschko on April 25, at Madison Square Garden.

When, I wondered, are we going to hear when and where and against who for Andre Ward, out of the ring since November 2013. Should be pretty soon, Prince told me.

He noted that so much attention was on WWFD, What Will Floyd Do, so his timeline for the Ward return on HBO has been affected a bit.

“I have a meeting later this evening,” he told me, which will help clarify the Ward return. Roc Nation’s boxing arm signed Ward and will certainly look to make a splash with his first Roc outing, with some doubters casting stern glances at them, wondering their grand plan. I heard Roc was negotiating with Miguel Cotto, but haven’t been able to connect with their spokesman to confirm or deny as yet….Certainly a Ward/Cotto one-two punch would convert many of those doubters into a positive camp.

Regarding that meeting, Prince said he was talking to Team Ward folks, not people from the potential opponents’ camp, or from HBO. “We haven’t settled on an opponent yet,” he said.

I’ve heard Mikkel Kessler is in the mix… True or false? “There are a lot of them in the mix,” Prince said.

Hey, boxing fans have gotten used to waiting, we can hold out for Ward news a bit longer…

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COMMENTS

-The Commish :

You're right. Boxing fans are used to waiting. But we can wait. How much longer can Ward wait? It's been 16 months since he has seen action. Hopefully, he gets back in the ring soon. And then, does it again soon after that. If not, we can wait. We're a patient group. We've gotten used to this! -Randy G.


-SouthPaul :

Lmfao@ these Cotto rumors. Nonsense! Cotto ain't on no suicide mission. He's worked too hard for his current position which is a nice rebound from where he once was. He's got plenty of options and they neither include GGG or Ward.


-oubobcat :

We have been waiting a long time for Ward to return, that is for sure. Honestly, I thought something would be in the works now (meaning fight signed, sealed and delivered) for Ward's return after signing with Roc Nation close to two months ago. But silence once again... Part of the problem is there is literally nobody for him to fight at 168 unless he jumps right into something big (say Golovkin). Ward cleaned out the decision and who is left well is not that promising. Only one up and comer has emerged since the tournament and that is Gilberto Sanchez. But he is a work in progress and highly doubtful even for a nice payday his team would put him in with Ward right now.


-stormcentre :

Man, if Ward is in . . or can get back to .. . form, he could really tear it up such that the whole Super Middleweight division - and possibly boxing itself - is his. Especially with Floyd's candle now burning into the twilight of his career. Please lord make it so; bless us with both the Andre Ward and the fights associated with him, that we all deserve.


-michigan400 :

Looking forward to Ward getting back in the ring. Hopefully he does just 1 "tune up" then really gets after it again. What great talent and skills this man has, would be a shame to let his prime slip by and all he did was fight in court.


-stormcentre :

Lmfao@ these Cotto rumors. Nonsense! Cotto ain't on no suicide mission. He's worked too hard for his current position which is a nice rebound from where he once was. He's got plenty of options and they neither include GGG or Ward.
Yep - agree. Can't see Cotto looking to cash out on his reputation just yet; which is just what a Ward fight would do to him. Cotto couldn't keep an in shape Ward off him. Probably not even a slightly out of shape one. Not one that can blow out Dawson and walks around at Super Middleweight or higher. Could you imagine any version of Cotto fighting Dawson?


-The Commish :

Yep - agree. Can't see Cotto looking to cash out on his reputation just yet; which is just what a Ward fight would do to him. Cotto couldn't keep an in shape Ward off him. Probably not even a slightly out of shape one. Not one that can blow out Dawson and walks around at Super Middleweight or higher. Could you imagine any version of Cotto fighting Dawson?
Ward-Cotto cannot possibly happen. As it is, Cotto knows that a fight against GGG would be a suicide mission. Kamikaze pilots had more of a chance of survival! A fight against Ward would be the same--absolutely no chance in the world for Cotto. Perhaps he should defend his title against a junoior middleweight or two, then, if he survives, grab his shield and go out on it against GGG. I can't think of much more he can do. -Randy G.