Andre Ward to make ring return

16 May

Unified super middleweight and Super Six champion, Andre Ward, is rumoured to be in advanced stages in negotiations for his long awaited return to the ring, According to RingTV.com. Reports suggest that the “Son of God” will return to competitive action on September 8th against newly crowned WBC light heavyweight champion, Chad Dawson, with Atlantic City or Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California as possible venues. According to Ward’s promoter, Dan Goosen, the deal is very close to finalisation, with only the last few details to be confirmed.

Ward, who holds the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine versions of the super middleweight title, has been out of action since dethroning Britain’s former WBC king Carl Froch in the Super Six final on December 17th last year. In that bout he sustained a hand injury that has kept him away from competing and has led the ever controversial WBC to declare him their “Champion in recess” after failing to make a mandatory defence against Anthony Dirrell. Dirrell was due to challenge for the effectively vacant title against  Nikola Sjekloca, however due to Dirrell suffering multiple injuries in a motorcycle accident last week, that bout is no longer going to happen, resulting in the WBC restoring the rightful champion Ward, as their titlist.

Both fighters promoters have had a sanctioning request approved by the WBC for the September 8th bout, and that the fight will be contested for Ward’s super middleweight crown.

Dawson has campaigned at 175lbs since 2006, the reasoning as to why he has chosen to step back down to challenge for a super middleweight belt is unknown, however should he be victorious “Bad” Chad will be recognised as a two weight world champion and firmly assert himself in the pound for pound rankings. In his last contest, Chad tore away the WBC light heavyweight title from veteran champion Bernard Hopkins in a dominant display. Many had believed he would stay in the division he has fought at for so many years and seek a unification bout, reportedly with Welsh WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly.

However he has chosen this path, and a dangerous path it is. After Ward successfully demolished all comers in the Super Six tournament, including punch perfect displays against our own Carl Froch and previous unified champion Mikkel Kessler, many who had previously doubted the unbeaten fighters championship credentials quickly realised that Ward is truly a deserved champion, and rewarded him with a place amongst the elite within the pound for pound rankings.

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