By Eric Saddler: On Friday, WBA 168lb champ Andre Ward signed with Roc Nation Sports in a move that has some boxing fans excited at the thought of Ward finally being disentangled from his legal woes with Goosen Promotions.
Ward signed the deal for an unspecified sum, and he’s now reportedly clear of Goosen Promotions. Ward seems to think that by signing with Roc Nation, he’ll be opening doors to his career. However, Ward wasn’t a huge star before his legal problems started with Goosen, and it’s quite possible that nothing will change despite his signing with Roc Nation.
“If you’re going to be off and have a long hiatus the way that I have, you want to come back with a powerhouse like Roc Nation Sports and with an announcement like we had today, and that’s what we did,” Ward said to Fighthype.com. “This is a perfect match for me,” Ward said.
Some boxing fans might read Ward’s comments and pronounce him as deluded. He doesn’t seem to realize that with the way the fight game is controlled, he’s going to have problems getting fights against the big name fighters in the 168 pound division and even at 175. It would help if Ward were signed to a company like Top Rank or Golden Boy Promotions, because those huge promotional powerhouses can open doors for fighters to make excellent fights.
Signing with Al Haymon, the high powered adviser, would also be a good move for Ward because it would set him in a position where he could potentially get bigger fights if Haymon was interested in putting him in bigger matches. But where Ward is now, he’s probably not going to get to face the guys like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler and Arthur Abraham. Without fighting those guys, Ward will need to be content with making as much money possible fighting the obscure contenders in the division.