Unified super-middleweight world title holder Andre Ward has been forced to delay his much-anticipated return to the ring next month against Kelly Pavlik after injuring his shoulder in training.
The 28 year-old pound for pound star took to his Twitter account to assure fans that the delay was only a ‘minor setback’ and there are already reports that the ‘S.O.G’ will be able to reschedule for the spring.
Opponent Pavlik, 30, is a former undisputed middleweight champion and has clawed his way back from some personal problems to hunt down another chance at claiming a world belt after his reign ended in April 2010.
‘The Ghost’ spent almost two years out of the ring either side of a routine win over Alfonso Lopez in 2011 and the Youngstown fighter is now back in the rankings following three successive victories this year.
The intriguing fight was due to take place at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California on January 26, with an announcement expected soon on whether that will still be the case for the rearrangement.