Four for… Andre Ward’s next opponent
As of this article going to print, Andre Ward – the Ring Super Middleweight Champion, WBA titlist and all-around nice guy – is still looking for his next opponent. Of course, as the #2 Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world, it can very well be said that the American fighter is simply looking for his next victim. Now, while Ward will pick his next opponent carefully, he won’t be dodging anyone – Ward is seeking to increase his popularity along with his wallet. Trouble is, has already beaten every contender at the 168lb mark (and, most recently, Light Heavyweight “Bad” Chad Dawson). The prevailing theory is that he will rematch with Carl Froch. However, with various reports that Ward is seeking a break from career-long promoter Dan Goossen making things murky, “Four For” will give you four other options for the “Son of God”…
- 1) …starting with George Groves. If Ward can’t fight Froch, how about the next best British Super Middleweight, who is also an all-action, popular fighter? Since Ward gave up his WBC belt, there is a decreased incentive in unifying his belts with Froch’s, and there is a tempting rubber match with Mikkel Kessler in front of Froch. Groves is hungry for a big-time fight, and this would be provide a top-class exciting PPV fight.
- 2) Another option is former Undisputed Middlweight champ Jermaine Taylor. While Taylor isn’t nearly the fighter he used to be, he’s still a name and “Bad Intentions” has won three straight since his career took a nosedive. Andre could have a keep-busy fight while awaiting a possible Froch-Kessler III victor, meeting Taylor in Dallas or Little Rock for a fight with a decent turnout (and a decent purse). But there are options in other weight classes…
- 3) …such as newly crowned WBC and Ring 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson, who will be looking for a big fight. As a recent Super Middleweight, Stevenson and Ward could probably work out a catch weight, and if Ward agreed to fight in Canada then the event would be a sellout ticket-wise. TV numbers would be good too, as the fresh memory of Stevenson’s thunderous first-round KO of Chad Dawson would leave fans interested in seeing if “Superman” Stevenson could land one good shot and be the first to defeat Ward.
- 4) Dropping in weight is probably not an option for the relatively skinny Ward (despite ridiculous rumors of a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.) but we may see Middleweight champ Sergio Martinez move up in weight for a fight. After a surprisingly difficult home match against Martin Murry, Martinez may relish the chance to move up from 160lb to get a good payday, and it would provide Ward with a P4P-class yet beatable opponent.
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