Andre Ward (28-0) has vacated his WBA super middleweight title and is making the move up to 175lbs in order to find quality opposition.
“I won the WBA belt for my first world title in 2009 and have defended it six times and it’s been a wonderful ride with the WBA,” said Ward. “Gilberto Mendoza and his team have shown me nothing but respect and I’m looking forward to moving up and hopefully winning the WBA light heavyweight belt.”
Ward has found 168lbs a lonely division since he decimated Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham and Mikkel Kessler in 2011. None of the aforementioned fighters wanted a rematch in the aftermath of their defeats and no worthy opponents are keen to fight Ward at 168lbs. So, a move to light heavyweight is Ward’s only choice if he wants to progress.
At light heavyweight Ward will find at least one opponent willing to throw down in the form of IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.
Ward, who is currently injured, has a three bout contract with HBO. He is likely to take a warm-up fight when he returns in early 2016, before facing a ranked contender and finally squaring off against Kovalev in late 2016.