Dan Goossen talks Andre Ward rehab and possible Bernard Hopkins bout
WBC super-middleweight champion Andre Ward won’t rule out facing anyone in the future as the pound for pound star continues his recovery from shoulder surgery, according to promoter Dan Goossen.
The Californian, who has proved himself the best super-middleweight in the world over a four-year period, is hoping to return sometime in the summer, with some reports suggesting that a move up or down in weight could be on the cards.
A potential fight with Floyd Mayweather at 160lbs seems highly unlikely, although a 175lb title challenge against the newly-crowned and evergreen Bernard Hopkins would make sense following the 48 year-old’s recent win over Tavoris Cloud.
With ‘The Executioner’ now IBF champion at 175lbs, a high-profile clash with Ward could generate plenty of interest around the world, although Goossen was coy when asked by WBN if the fight could become a reality.
“We are really not concentrating on any one fight at this point,” Goossen told World Boxing News. “More of my attention is toward Andre’s rehabilitation on his shoulder, which is going very well.
“We’ll sit down in the next few weeks with Andre and his team, after receiving clearance from his doctor, to move forward with a date.
“As for any possible names, Andre is always open to any challenge,” he added.
Ward, 29, is widely regarded as one of the biggest names in the sport right now and could also have a vested interest in the outcome of the unification clash between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler at 168lbs on May 25.