By Scott Gilfoid: There’s talk of rescheduling the fight between WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward and Kelly Pavlik for February 23rd or the first part of March, according to RingTV. The original fight date was January 26th, but Ward injured his right shoulder earlier this week, making it necessary for to postpone the fight with the 30-year-old Pavlik.
The fight will happen eventually once Ward’s shoulder heals up, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the injury drags out into April or May if he tries to start working out too soon. That’s the thing with shoulder injuries. It’s a tricky area and you can’t rush it otherwise the thing can take forever. James Kirkland still hasn’t fought after having shoulder surgery earlier this year following his win over Carlos Molina in March.
Pavlik is badly in need of a win, and it’s kind of mind boggling that he would take such a drastic step as to try and fight Ward. Pavlik looked mediocre in beating four mediocre opponents. Pavlik went life and death with Alfonso Lopez, the same fighter Dyah Davis and Justin Williams easily beat recently.
In his last fight, Pavlik looked like his old self in beating Will Rosinsky by a 10 round unanimous decision last July. I mean that in not a good sense. Pavlik looked just as beatable in the Rosinsky fight as he did in his losses to Sergio Martinez and Bernard Hopkins.
It just goes to show you that you can take Pavlik and change trainers with him and you’re still going to get the same old Pavlik. I don’t see any positive changes in his game.
Ward needs a scalp right now and Pavlik’s will do quite nicely, and then perhaps Ward can take what’s left of Carl Froch’s scalp after Ward already took it from him last December in a one-sided fight.