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Ward vs Pavlik rescheduled for February 23 on HBO

Andre Ward's shoulder injury won't keep him out for too long, and he's rescheduled his fight against Kelly Pavlik for November 23 on HBO.

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Super middleweight world champion Andre Ward suffered a shoulder injury in training camp earlier this week, postponing his scheduled January 26 fight with former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik. But the injury isn't serious, and Mike Coppinger reports that the fight has already been rescheduled for February 23.

The fight will still be televised by HBO, and will still take place at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

Ward (26-0, 14 KO) is the massive favorite in the fight, due in no small part to his dominant run in the super middleweight division, where he's already beaten the likes of Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, and Sakio Bika convincingly, not to mention his September knockout of Chad Dawson, who came down from light heavyweight.

Add in that Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO) hasn't scored a win over a major opponent since his 2008 rematch with Jermain Taylor (unless you consider Marco Antonio Rubio "major"), plus the Ohio native's outside of the ring issues, and you can see why this fight isn't exactly high on a lot of wishlists. It would be an enormous upset for Pavlik to beat Ward, but the fight's going to happen, so we'll see what -- if anything -- Kelly has left at this level.