WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward has taken steps to ensure a ring return in the near future by releasing a statement to his fans outlining his desire to get back in action as soon as possible.
The 30 year-old is currently in dispute with promoter Dan Goossen about his future, which had led some to believe that his disagreement with Goossen was behind the lack of news about his next bout.
This is something Ward was keen to clear up as the American approaches six months without a fight, with the ‘S.O.G’ admitting being frustrated at not having his next defence of the world title lined up.
“I want to clear up all the speculation about when I will fight next. Reports that I am holding out or don’t want to fight are simply untrue,” stated Ward.
“My fans should know that despite my lawsuit against Goossen Tutor Promotions, I have asked Dan Goossen to set up my next fight as soon as possible.
“Actually, I’ve been ready to fight since December. I know this a frustrating time for my fans and I appreciate your patience and all the encouragement you’ve given me. I hope to be back in the ring very soon.”
‘Super-Six’ winner Ward last fought in November when out-pointing previously unbeaten contender Edwin Rodriguez in Ontario, California in what was only his second fight in some two and half years due to injury.
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