Arbitrator denies Ward’s plea to break away from Goossen Tutor
- Updated: May 1, 2014
Super middleweight champ Andre Ward is undefeated in the ring, but he’s 0-2 against his own promoter.
The Oakland, California native once again lost in the courtroom in attempts to free himself from Goossen Tudor Promotions.
The ruling declared the contract valid until November 8, 2016.
“It’s now time to sit down with Andre and his advisers to put these legal disputes behind us and concentrate on getting Andre back to fighting consistently inside the ring,” Goossen said. “Andre and I have had success together and there’s no reason not to get back on track as a team to secure his status as the top fighter in the world behind Floyd Mayweather.”
Ward chose to release a statement through his attorney Josh Dubin and manager James Prince.
“Today’s decision from the California State Athletic Commission was not unexpected. From the very start, we do not feel that the commission has been looking out for the best interests of Andre Ward, the very boxer they are supposed to protect. To the contrary, for some inexplicable reason, the CSAC has continually bent over backwards to try to accommodate a promoter who we feel is taking horrible advantage of Andre and his career.”
“This is not the end of Andre’s fight to stand up for what he knows is right, but rather the beginning. The CSAC decision has only strengthened his resolve.”
The Olympic Gold medal winner signed a three year contraction extension in 2011 that included a $550,000 signing bonus.
Ward has not fought in the ring since November 2013, yet he and his team are looking for a rematch in a courtroom.
“Andre’s lawsuit against Dan Goossen and his promotional company in California Superior Court is continuing to move forward. It has always been Andre’s steadfast belief, as well as ours, that the state court system, not the CSAC, is the proper venue for his dispute with Dan Goossen. It is Team Ward’s belief that the arbitration before the CSAC should not have proceeded while Andre’s lawsuit is pending, so we do not feel that the decision is ultimately going to be binding.”