Seeking to end his promotional contract with matchmaker Dan Goossen, The Ring and WBA super middleweight titlist Andre Ward recently requested an arbitration hearing with the California State Athletic Commission to resolve the matter.

Severing ties with the WBC in May, the 29-year-old Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) reportedly wants to work with Top Rank and cement a lucrative bout against former middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Voted the 2011 “Fighter of the Year” by the BWAA, Ward most recently exited the squared circle last September with a 10th round TKO victory over “Bad” Chad Dawson.

A gold medalist as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the Bay Area native was injured in November while preparing to scrap retired titleholder Kelly Pavlik.

After undergoing the knife on January 4 to fix a small tear in his right shoulder capsule, Ward began training in early March and plans to return soon as a 168-pounder.

Unbelievably not vacating the ring on the losing end of a match since he was a 12-year-old amateur, Ward is in position to become a national superstar and household name like fellow Olympians Muhammad Ali“Sugar” Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.

Whether partnering with Dan Goossen or Top Rank, Andre Ward will remain one of the most dominant prizefighters in the world.

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