Andre Ward and Roc Nation Sports are still trying to put together a deal that would see the super middleweight king return to the ring on November 21, in the pay-per-view co-feature fight for the huge Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez card in Las Vegas, according to ESPN.com.
The deal would be the first of a new three-fight contract between Ward and HBO, and would be a light heavyweight bout, potentially setting up Ward's long-term move to that division, and a possible fight with Sergey Kovalev, who holds three of the four world title belts in the division. Kovalev-Ward would obviously be a money fight for both fighters and for HBO, and something the boxing public would definitely want to see.
Ward (28-0, 15 KO) had a comeback fight on June 20, routing Paul Smith in Oakland and stopping the British fighter in nine rounds. It was Ward's first fight since 2013, as the 31-year-old pound-for-pound contender had been battling issues with his former promoter, the late Dan Goossen. Ward has been largely inactive since winning Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament in 2011, fighting once in 2012 and once in 2013 before making his return this year with Roc Nation.
The Cotto-Canelo card is shaping up pretty nicely, as there are two world title fights already set for the bill, and a possible Ward return makes for a pretty significant show overall, counting the excellent main event.