Andre Ward’s injured left hand healed; receives medical clearance to begin training
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) received medical clearance to resume training according to Dan Rafael at ESPN. The 27-year-old Ward’s left hand, which had been broken in two separate places before his December 17th Super Six tournament finals bout against Carl Froch, has finally healed.
This is great news, because Ward can now start training for his next fight. As of now, Ward still doesn’t have anyone picked out but his #1 World Boxing Council mandatory challenger is Anthony Dirrell (24-0, 21 KO’s), who is raring to go to get his shot at Ward. That would be the ideal opponent for Ward, because there’s no one else that can bring the excitement – other than Andre Dirrell – to the ring against Ward. Everyone else is tied up or in the process of getting tied up.
Unless Ward takes on Anthony or Andre Dirrell, he’ll have to settle for a lesser fighter unless Ward wants to wait on the Froch vs. Lucian Bute smoke to clear to try and take on the winner of that fight. Ward can forget about fighting the April 14th winner of the Robert Stieglitz vs. Mikkel Kessler bout, because the way former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is talking, he’ll be the one to get that shot.
Ward completely dominated Froch last December, beating him by a lopsided 12 round decision win. The scores were ridiculous on two of the judges’ parts with them scoring it 115-113 and 115-113. Only one of the judges had is scored correctly, giving Ward the decision 118-110. I don’t know what fight the judges who scored it 115-113 were watching. They must have been giving Froch a lot of mercy rounds because he was really getting spanked by Ward in that fight.
Ward could take on Brian Magee, the WBA interim champion, but that would be a god awful mismatch and it would make for bad television on Showtime. Magee was already stopped in the 10th round by IBF super middleweight champion Bute last March. That wasn’t a competitive fight. A think a decent fight would be for Ward to face the winner of the Edwin Rodriguez vs. Don George fight. Rodriguez will beat George without any problems and Ward will easily beat Rodriguez.
I don’t want to see Ward face Froch ever again. If those two never fight again, it would be too soon for me. It was a sickening mismatch and I just kept wondering how on earth Froch made it to the finals of the Super Six looking to limited.