Wanted: Opponent(s) for S.O.G.

By Ted Sares on October 28, 2015
Wanted: Opponent(s) for S.O.G.
Ward needs a quality opponent to fight on Nov. 21st. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Without Ward as a co-feature, the Cotto vs. Canelo has little support and shapes up to be a one-fight extravaganza…

“Few would have given Murdock a hope of upsetting unbeaten Ward but it would have brought him a big pay day—believed to be in the region of $250,000-$300,000—and exposure on a massive card in the US.”—Neil Devey

“I’m willing to fight the best (at super middleweight).”—Andre Ward

With only a month to go before the Cotto vs. Canelo blockbuster in Las Vegas on November 21st on HBO PPV, Andre Ward (28-0) needs a quality opponent to fight on the undercard.

For some reason (probably lack of name identity and suitability), the Nevada State Athletic Commission will not sanction Australian contender Rohan Murdock (18-1).

The inactive S.O.G. recently signed a three-fight deal with HBO with the third fight scheduled to be a title shot against IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev in what will be a true mega-fight.  However, he needs two tests before that one. Why not James DeGale or at least Fedor Chudinov? What about George Groves? Arthur Abraham is surging and Badou Jack is no slouch. And of course Andre Dirrell is out there.

Without Ward as a co-feature, the Cotto-Alvarez fight has little support and shapes up to be a one-fight extravaganza. And that can translate to a lack of PPV buys.

Meanwhile, Ward has returned to ESPN’s list of top P4P fighters. He also is listed as #2 pound-for-pound in The Ring. And this proves that you don’t have to fight to be great.

In a world where Floyd Mayweather Jr. has wound down his great run, Ward is a photogenic, articulate “good guy” who soon may be rated as the world’s best P4P fighter, with the head of HBO firmly backing him. And he rarely fights.

Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and holds several world and state records. He enjoys writing about boxing.

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  1. KB 12:07pm, 10/31/2015

    Yes

  2. Koolz 05:51pm, 10/30/2015

    Ward is just strange.  Yea he was P4P four years ago!!
    Ward is going to fight Kovalev.  Kovalev is going Knock Ward OUT!
    It’s not going to be a B-hop fight it’s going to be a demolition. 
    I haven’t seen Ward fight anyone that even matter is four years.  I don’t even think he could beat GGG if that fight ever happened.
    Of Course SOG has to prove himself again.

  3. KB 12:35pm, 10/29/2015

    Yes

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:19pm, 10/29/2015

    A first step as a Light Heavyweight in the lead up to Kovalev?! Brand is not a LHW and furthermore couldn’t get out of the first round with Kovalev or GGG for that matter.This is a prime example of why this “sport” is screwed. It’s all about Ward’s “0” just like it always but always was for PBF…Floyd’s “0” turned out to be worth about a half billion in career earnings.It’s always been about being the Michael Jordan or now the LeBron James of boxing.

  5. KB 04:04pm, 10/28/2015

    Good point raxman. Fat Dan and the rest of his cronies couldn’t weight to get him back into the ESPN rankings, nor could the conflicted Ring Mag. I don’t buy that for one second. You must earn you ranking.

  6. raxman 03:40pm, 10/28/2015

    one is forced to wonder how SOG’s resume would look if the super 6 tournament didn’t happen. its safe to safe Carl Froch would have filled his CV with top tier opposition regardless, but Ward; I’m not so sure.
    in the 4 years since the tourney of Ward’s miserly 3 fights only one has been vs a “name” and that was a boiled down Dawson.
    Its obvious Ward thinks his talent only should earn him a PPV following. His spoiling style is no more or less exciting than Mayweather’s but his personality certainly is. if you’re going to be a boxing “babyface” you best fight often and in an exciting manner. if you want to be a safety first fighter you best play “heel” and have the masses tuned in with the hope to see you lose.
    for all the allegations of cherry picking aimed at Floyd, of his 49 fights 26 were vs former or current titlists. if Ward is to get a slice of the PPV pie that FMJ leaves behind he needs to get busy and do so vs live opposition. Or if he’s going to continue fighting what can only be referred to as B or C graders he best destroy them in the early rounds - as a certain middleweight has shown us, it doesn’t matter who you fight if you batter them

  7. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:23am, 10/28/2015

    How old is Brand? He should be made to produce his original birth certificate not some computer generated fake. This doesn’t add up and it sure as hell doesn’t add to the card, in fact it makes it less of draw in my view…they need a co-feature that could produce an all out war…preferably Mexico vs. Puerto Rico…no clinics or beat downs please. Son of God always seems to be coming off layoffs entitled to something easy because he’s earned it or the Oakland Super Six or whatever.

  8. KB 05:51am, 10/28/2015

    Uh oh, I have just been informed that he found an “opponent.”

    See: http://www.boxingnews24.com/2015/10/andre-ward-vs-alexander-brand-on-cotto-canelo-card-on-1121/

    Ugh

  9. KB 05:47am, 10/28/2015

    Irish, that list is too scary for the head-butting SOG

  10. kb 05:46am, 10/28/2015

    Badou Jack WOULD BE MY CHOICE, Don

  11. KB 05:44am, 10/28/2015

    CG. Gosh no. I don’t approve of it at all. He needs to fight.

  12. Don from Prov 05:10am, 10/28/2015

    DeGale or Dirrell would be nice

  13. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:26am, 10/28/2015

    “Few would have given Murdock a hope of upsetting”....that was the idea in the first place! Here’s a better list for him to pick from in the lead up to Kovalev: Fonfara, Hopkins, Beterbiev (after his recovery) Yunieski Gonzales, Sullivan Barrera….no more for set ups for this head butting “master technician”.....none….what this “Son of God” (think about that one for a minute) did to Kessler still stinks like shit.

  14. Clarence George 03:37am, 10/28/2015

    Perhaps I misread you, Ted, but do you approve of Ward being currently ranked among the top pound-for-pounders?  If so, I respectfully disagree.  Indefensible, given his inactivity.  The ring must be an alien environment to him at this point.  “What is this place?  These ropes…a ship?  Good Lord, not the gallows?!”

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