Andre Ward Forced To Withdraw From 11/21 Cotto/Canelo Card

See that look on his face? Yeah…that has to be the mood of Andre Ward right now.

Hey, maybe he’s shrugged it off, but the Cali boxer has now been hit with another body blow. A bum knee, we are told, keeps him from fighting on Nov. 21, and now Ward, after a long spell of self imposed hiatus, because of a promotional dispute, sits longer. Yes, he fought in June, against B- level Paul Smith, but this layoff, till an undetermined as yet 2016 date, has to be annoying. For Ward, yes, for his promotional team, for HBO, which just signed him to a three fight deal. That deal was supposed to culminate in a fight with Sergey Kovalev…but more and more folks are getting antsy…they wonder, he’s had shoulder and elbow woes, now the knee..is he still able to withstand the training rigors? Will his body cooperate enough to get him to the finish line, a Kovalev fight, which he’s said he believes will help him cement a legacy. That legacy, he says, will be that of an all-time great. He’s publicly said this is merely just another speed-bump…but there have been so many bumps in recent years, and scant few periods of smooth travel…One has to wonder, can Ward’s luck and fortune change?

Here is the release which talks about his pull-out:

WARD FORCED TO WITHDRAW FROM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 MIGUEL COTTO VS. CANELO ALVAREZ CO-FEATURE

NEW YORK (November 4, 2015) – Roc Nation Sports regretfully announces that due to an injury sustained while training, Andre Ward will be unable to participate in his previously scheduled Saturday, Nov. 21 bout at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas. A replacement fight for the HBO Pay-Per-View produced and distributed event is currently being worked on.

Ward has been suffering from significant inflammation and constant pain in his right knee that is severely restricting his mobility. He has been advised by his physician to immediately rest and begin rehab on the knee to reduce the inflammation.

“I’m extremely disappointed that I’m missing this opportunity on November 21, but at the same time, I’m encouraged,” said Ward. “Anytime I have had a minor or major setback in my career, by the Grace of God, I’ve come back stronger and this will be no different. I’m looking forward to a big 2016. Thank you to all my fans for your support and patience.”

“Andre’s injury is a huge disappointment not only to him, but all of us involved with this promotion,” said David Itskowitch, COO Boxing of Roc Nation Sports. “We have no doubt that Andre will come back stronger than ever once his knee heals and that he will be a force in the light heavyweight division. We are working diligently to make an intriguing fight that will deliver a level of excitement commensurate with this great event.”

“While we feel terrible for Andre that he has encountered this setback, we have no doubt that Andre will return stronger than ever in 2016,” said James Prince and Josh Dubin, Ward’s management team.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Wow! AW couldn't buy a break from injuries. He needs to holla at some "Rebound." Holla!


-michigan400 :

Did he even have someone lined up to fight?? For someone who has been to the top level before he sure is taking "baby steps". I'm not saying the knee thing is bogus or anything,, I just would have expected him to be scheduled with a more recognized name after his tune up fight. If his 3 fight deal is going to end with a showdown between him and SK,, he needs to step up his level of opposition IMO or he will be going from the back yard kiddy pool to swimming with the sharks all at once.


-SouthPawFlo :

Ward is not hurt, trust me... He didn't like the pay he was getting, they really didn't have time to prepare for the opponent and he'll have his own date in January because he really didn't wanna be the "co-feature."


-deepwater2 :

Ward is not hurt, trust me... He didn't like the pay he was getting, they really didn't have time to prepare for the opponent and he'll have his own date in January because he really didn't wanna be the "co-feature."
Sounds about right. A fighter of Ward's caliber should be able to wake up and beat down the Un ranked opponent he was matched against. He would of been better off staying on the card and using it as sparring. Any money Ward would receive for the televised sparring match should be considered a gift.


-michigan400 :

Just my 2 cents but if he is bailing because he didn't like the pay,,, I doubt we will see much of Ward at the top level anytime soon. He will just sit on the sideline complaining that he is the A side but he's getting screwed over by everyone else at the negotiating table. He's hurting himself by not fighting. If your gonna end up with low ranked guys then at least fight often so you get exposure. Out of sight, out of mind.


-deepwater2 :

Just my 2 cents but if he is bailing because he didn't like the pay,,, I doubt we will see much of Ward at the top level anytime soon. He will just sit on the sideline complaining that he is the A side but he's getting screwed over by everyone else at the negotiating table. He's hurting himself by not fighting. If your gonna end up with low ranked guys then at least fight often so you get exposure. Out of sight, out of mind.
He is hurting himself for sure. He could have fought the stiff and been part of the biggest fight card of the year. Instead of everyone(millions) watching him before Cotto vs Canelo, only some people (thousands) will bother tuning in to watch him headline a card with most seats empty. Another terrible decision.


-stormcentre :

Perhaps we should let Ward explain before we write him off too much. That's juts my 2 cents worth. :) :)


-mortcola :

I dunno. Common fallacy. Because a thing happens, boxing people do it more than others, this guy must be lying. I can?t think that way. Ordinary people get hurt. An ordinary 4-rd sparring session ripped my R-cuff, which healed on it own enough for me to now throw OK rights at the mitts now. It would have postponed a fight if I had one. Blew my ACL/MCL playing volleyball. 8months till surgery, then a good rehab. Would have postponed any fight. And I DON?t train as hard as these guys. We?re too damn cynical, and get off on scandal and lies. Just because they DO happen, doesn?t mean the alternatives, that ranked fighters are indestructible and all injuries are faked.


-Radam G :

I dunno. Common fallacy. Because a thing happens, boxing people do it more than others, this guy must be lying. I can’t think that way. Ordinary people get hurt. An ordinary 4-rd sparring session ripped my R-cuff, which healed on it own enough for me to now throw OK rights at the mitts now. It would have postponed a fight if I had one. Blew my ACL/MCL playing volleyball. 8months till surgery, then a good rehab. Would have postponed any fight. And I DON’t train as hard as these guys. We’re too damn cynical, and get off on scandal and lies. Just because they DO happen, doesn’t mean the alternatives, that ranked fighters are indestructible and all injuries are faked.
I hear ya, Doc. But that body of pugs should be more bionic. But those nagging injuries will hit. Especially if you are not eating the right chow on da reg and not gulping down the essential vitamins and minerals. Holla!


-amayseng :

He is hurting himself for sure. He could have fought the stiff and been part of the biggest fight card of the year. Instead of everyone(millions) watching him before Cotto vs Canelo, only some people (thousands) will bother tuning in to watch him headline a card with most seats empty. Another terrible decision.
This is awful, first they put the fight together 3 weeks before this huge PPV, terrible management, then he pulls out. This guy is A class in skills yet he has barely fought in like 4 years. What a waste. I am terrified he will be sitting yet another year and just watch his prime slip away.


-stormcentre :

Fear not Amayseng, there are wiser minds in charge of Ward's career and body. It may just be the case that Ward is telling the truth, and that you can't accept it and would prefer to be negative. Then that may not be true and you could possibly be telling the truth. Time will tell. :) :)


-Domenic :

This is awful, first they put the fight together 3 weeks before this huge PPV, terrible management, then he pulls out. This guy is A class in skills yet he has barely fought in like 4 years. What a waste. I am terrified he will be sitting yet another year and just watch his prime slip away.
Well said. A sizable chunk (30, 40%) of Ward's prime has been lost and is starting to overshadow his greatness in the Super Six. It's a bummer because a strong case could be made that he was #1 P4P at his zenith. His last few years have been a case study in mismanagement, ineptitude. Hopefully he gets back early next year against a live body, then faces Kovalev.


-Domenic :

Sounds about right. A fighter of Ward's caliber should be able to wake up and beat down the Un ranked opponent he was matched against. He would of been better off staying on the card and using it as sparring. Any money Ward would receive for the televised sparring match should be considered a gift.
100% agree with this. Spot on.


-stormcentre :

Ward (like Kovalev) needs to be careful of Beterbiev, particularly at this stage of his career. :) :)


-amayseng :

Well said. A sizable chunk (30, 40%) of Ward's prime has been lost and is starting to overshadow his greatness in the Super Six. It's a bummer because a strong case could be made that he was #1 P4P at his zenith. His last few years have been a case study in mismanagement, ineptitude. Hopefully he gets back early next year against a live body, then faces Kovalev.
Agreed, he was at the top of the world after the super six as he boxed Froch's ears off, schooling him with ease. Then Dawson drops down, which was Daswson's own fault and looked terrible, but either way Ward dismantled him and instead of marching on to bigger and better things such as PPV's and competitive fights he i shelved for years. His management team then was garbage and Rocnation is no better IMHO with this Paul Smith zombie sparring fight and now being declined for such a terrible offer and now 3 weeks out making a fight that he just pulls out of on a gigantic Cotto vs Canelo PPV. He is going backwards not forwards and his prime window is shortening all the while. What a waste. If he goes this route he may be going into the ring against Kovalev rusty and in for a rude awakening....


-brownsugar :

Ward was wise not to inflame his knee injury by taking the fight...., those injuries can be career ending if not handled properly (remember the fighing Rabbi?) Even the best fighter can severely complicate an injury by fighting the worst possible opponent. Does anybody think Vitali K quit against Byrd out of fear ?..... Yes it was fear over losing his career, not the fear of Bryd,.... Vitali went on to have an excellent tenure in boxing after the shoulder was fully repaired. If Ward can overcome this set back I would love to see how he fares against Kovalev, Ward has to be considered the underdog, but I like his chances,... besides who else (who is considered to be good) from the U.S. wants to fight Golovkin and Kovalev anyway?....... who else is actually good enough to put up a competitive fight against 2 fighters no one wants except the Bhop's of the world?.... Ward is still not even 30 years old and was hampered by similar injuries (-including several extended leaves of absence-) before he was even chosen to participate in the super six, ... Ward wont risk his reputation or his opportunities to win by making a money grab like several other boxers have done over the last few years. (Pac and Martinez come to mind) Ward will be back strong when he recovers in 3-6 months. Then we will see what his worth is.


-stormcentre :

And the Brown Bomber drops in with some SanitySugar bombs. BOOM !!!!!!!! Guy like Ward - with his reasonably complex style - needs all the stability he can get. Dude has a big azz contract already signed with Roc Nation for squillions ;so why risk his legacy, fame, record, and career over a physiologic risk that he doesn't have to accommodate; is surely the $64K question? :) :)


-stormcentre :

And the Brown Bomber drops in with some SweetSanitySugar bombs. BOOM !!!!!!!! Guy like Ward - with his reasonably complex style - needs all the stability he can get. Dude has a big azz contract already signed with Roc Nation for squillions. So - surely the $64K question is - why (jump to conclusions and) risk his legacy, fame, record, and career over a physiologic risk that he doesn't have to accommodate? :) :)