Andre Ward “My lawsuit is not stopping me from fighting, my promoter hasn't made any offers yet”
Jul 20 2014 12:22 AM
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WBA Super World super middleweight champion, Andre Ward, expects to be back in the ring before the end of this year and have two or three fights next year. Ward stays in shape and hopes his legal battle with his promoter, Goossen Tutor, to be over soon and not get in the way of his career opportunities.

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Skibbz says:

So he's sat on his rear like a lemon waiting for the call? He is starting to sound stupid, go and get yourself a fight however you can. This guy likes to watch paint dry, he's barely been fighting and without any sign of a future fight he still does nothing. That's insane. I can't comprehend it. Someone please explain.

oubobcat says:

Ward needs to find his way back in the ring, plain and simple. These are his prime years and they are being wasted away. He should be fighting huge fights now but instead is out of the ring and will need to work his way back somewhat when he finally does return.

The whole situation does not make a ton of sense to me. I understand there are things going on behind the scenes that made Ward unhappy with Goosen after signing the extension. But a lot of times in life we are involved in situations we are not always thrilled with but move forward. That's what Ward needs to find a way to do right now, move forward.

Working with Goosen in his last fight, Ward made a multi-million dollar payday to face Edwin Rodriguez. Obviously a substantial amount of money to fight someone who was of little threat to him. It seemed like a pretty sweet deal for Ward and made his decision after that fight to once again file suit against Goosen all the more head scratching.

deepwater2 says:

How many other fighters or networks want to do business with someone with litigation over their heads? Settle that damn suit and get on with it. Pay that other partner some step aside money and get in the ring. I had a class not too long ago. Conflict resolutions and negotiations. Not one party can get 100% of what they want without blackmail most of the time. You must give a little to get a lot . Most deals can be reached at the bar with some scotch and a handshake.
Ward , get the men involved to the bar. Sit down like men, have a drink. Air your grievances . Come to an agreement. Shake hands. Have the lawyers make up the documents. Settle the case. Get to training camp. Make lots of money.

The Shadow says:

Guys, he can't make a fight – legally – without his promoter. Fres Oquendo just got sued for making a fight “any way he can.”

It's not that simple. Promoter has got him by the balls. It's a common promoter tactic; if you see a guy conspicuously inactive, he's likely been put on ice.

Fighters would fight every weekend if they could. This is how they get paid and they fight competitively in the gym anyway.

Ward has been in fighting shape since December and that's a fact.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=deepwater2;58741]How many other fighters or networks want to do business with someone with litigation over their heads? Settle that damn suit and get on with it. Pay that other partner some step aside money and get in the ring. I had a class not too long ago. Conflict resolutions and negotiations. Not one party can get 100% of what they want without blackmail most of the time. You must give a little to get a lot . Most deals can be reached at the bar with some scotch and a handshake.
Ward , get the men involved to the bar. Sit down like men, have a drink. Air your grievances . Come to an agreement. Shake hands. Have the lawyers make up the documents. Settle the case. Get to training camp. Make lots of money.[/QUOTE]

Good comment. Absolutely true. One thing with Ward is that he's a controlling guy. And he doesn't drink.

But that's the remedy. To quote Brother Naaz, sometimes the most complex puzzles can be solved with the simple answers.

dino da vinci says:

Ah Brother Naaz, top of the food chain guy.

flackoguapo says:

Andre Ward does need to get in the ring asap. Kovalev, Froch in the UK, something! My hometown is about an hour or so south of Oakland and he is most kids fave fighter out there. Pretty soon he's gonna be even less marketable if he doesnt start fighting soon! He is going to have to come in with a big name, IMO. he has been inactive and probably wants a bit of a tune-up but its a catch 22 because people are not gonna tune in to watch him fight a TBD…