Super middleweight king Andre Ward doesn't have a ton of options for fresh opponents, and he's also potentially putting his career on hold in an attempt to get away from promoter Dan Goossen, but Ward did say today that he'd be open to facing George Groves, whose own career may be moving to the United States with a new promoter.
I would consider fighting George Groves next. He showed a lot his last fight. He's a good fighter & deserves a shot.— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) December 26, 2013
Ward (27-0, 14 KO) fought just one time in 2013, beating Edwin Rodriguez handily in a rough and tumble brawl on November 16 in California. He also fought only once in 2012, a decimation of Chad Dawson in September of that year. Ward underwent shoulder surgery early this year which canceled a scheduled bout against Kelly Pavlik, then tried to leave Goossen, which failed. He came back for the fight against Rodriguez, and is now planning to have another go at leaving his longtime promoter.
If that situation resolves itself, Ward-Groves is about as good a fight as can be made for the 29-year-old pound-for-pound contender. Ward already owns a convincing win over Carl Froch, and Froch's November victory over Groves was very controversial.
Would you be interested in a Ward-Groves fight, or is there something better out there for Ward at 168 pounds? Would you rather he move up and face some of the top light heavyweights?