Much to the dismay of the “Son of God,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig upheld Dan Goossen’s promotional contract with Andre Ward on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Ward (27-0, 14 KOs), who has also twice been overruled by the California State Athletic Commission, agreed to work with Goossen until November 8, 2016.
Ward, a competitor on two occasions in 24 months, last exited the squared circle on November 16 after outclassing Edwin Rodríguez to easily safeguard The Ring and WBA super middleweight belts.
A brilliant tactician who hasn’t been conquered since he was a 12-year-old amateur, Ward officially beat the 29-year-old Rodríguez (24-1, 16 KOs) by scores of 118-106, 117-107 and 116-108.
Using elite footwork, a brilliant jab, and ferocious left hook, Ward dominated Rodríguez and absorbed virtually no punishment over 36 minutes.
The sport’s second premier pound-for-pounder is a defensive virtuoso who employs expert movement to keep opponents unbalanced.
Quickly adapting and readjusting to Rodríguez’s roughhouse tactics, Ward dictated the pace of the bout and excelled following a 14 month layoff.
A gold medalist as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Ward possesses the skills to earn a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Instead, Ward continues to frustrate fans without a future opponent and he’s strictly determined to battle Dan Goossen over Section 2855 of the California Labor Code.
Hence, rather than trying to mature into a legendary prizefighter, Andre Ward is wasting his prime and becoming a part-time performer.by