Andre Ward loses arbitration battle with promoter Dan Goossen

Ezra Shaw

Andre Ward and Dan Goossen met with a California arbitrator on Tuesday, with the ruling that Goossen's contract is still valid, and he is still the promoter of Ward.

Dan Goossen and Goossen Tutor Promotions got some good news today, even if they'd have rather not gotten to this point in the first place. An arbitrator in California ruled in Goossen's favor in a contract dispute with his top star, Andre Ward, who had sought to have the contract voided.

Goossen is hoping to get back to business as usual, which could prove difficult, but he had nothing but good things to say about Ward in a press release statement.

"We've enjoyed a very honorable and successful relationship with Andre Ward and I can only hope having to go through this whole legal process will only strengthen our relationship moving forward. I've said for years that he had the talent - both in and out of the ring - possessed by the other greats before him such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya and, of course, Floyd Mayweather.

"Now I look forward to getting back to promoting Andre's next bout, as well as helping him become the number one fighter in the sport," Goossen said.

Ward (26-0, 14 KO) hasn't fought since September 2012, when he made his HBO debut with a dominant victory over Chad Dawson. He was scheduled to face Kelly Pavlik early this year, but pulled out with a shoulder injury that required surgery. Ward says that Goossen was refusing to speak with his team or HBO about scheduling a fight.

It's the first loss of Ward's pro career. Goossen should be expected to avoid a rematch.

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