Kelly Pavlik’s upcoming super middleweight title fight has been postponed due to a shoulder injury suffered by his opponent, Andre Ward.
A Top Rank spokesman said the fight likely would be postponed until mid-February. It was originally scheduled for Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.
Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) did not respond to a request for comment.
Ward’s promoter, Dan Goossen, told ESPN.com that Ward felt a tweak in his shoulder when throwing a punch during a sparring session last week.
“He didn’t really think it was that damaging at first but he certainly felt pain,” Goossen told the site. “He went to the doctor and followed up with an MRI. It disclosed no tears, no rotator cuff injury, nothing of devastating proportions, but there was a lot of swelling and inflammation, so the key to healing is not using the arm for a few weeks.”
Goossen said he wants to keep the fight at the Galen Center and is targeting a Feb. 23 date.
Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who holds the WBC and WBA super middleweight belts, has fought just once this year, earning a TKO victory over Chad Dawson in September.
Pavlik, the former middleweight champion, has fought three times this year, most recently defeating Will Rosinsky by unanimous decision in July.