Super middleweight champ Andre Ward has undergone successful shoulder surgery to repair a tear in his right shoulder capsule this week.
Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) had previously postponed a February match-up with former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik, when an MRI had revealed some inflammation in his shoulder, after feeling pain during a sparring session. With the fight rescheduled for March 2 and feeling little improvement, Ward sought a second MRI, which revealed a tear in his shoulder, forcing the cancellation of the fight.
This week, surgery was completed by Dr. Dillingham in Burlingame, Calif. and Ward will be out indefinitely while going through rehab.
“Technically, things went very well and all involved are very hopeful about the eventual outcome,” stated Dr. Dillingham. “Within a week, Andre will begin his rehab.”
Obviously disappointed by having to sit out for a good chunk of 2013, having only fought once in 2012 (a TKO win over Chad Dawson), Ward is grateful that his shoulder is finally taken care of and look toward big fights during the latter half of the year.
“My surgery went very well and I am definitely pleased with the outcome. I had a fantastic team of surgeons overseeing everything on Friday morning and they did a great job of repairing the injury. I am confident that I will return to the ring even better than I was prior to the injury,” stated Ward.
“I really want to thank everyone for all of the prayers and support that my family and I have received. We truly appreciate it and it has helped throughout this process. I can’t wait to get back out there and perform for all my fans and plan to keep everyone updated on my progress. The best is yet to come so stay tuned.”