By Steve Kim
Since the beginning of his professional career, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and super middleweight ruler, Andre Ward, was promoted by the company run by Dan Goossen(who passed away this fall after complications of liver cancer) but that relationship had hit turbulence in recent years after Goossen-Tutor had developed Ward into one of the better prizefighters in the world.
Since winning 'the Super Six' in December of 2011 after defeating Carl Froch, Ward has fought just twice - defeating Chad Dawson in September of 2012 and then in November 2013 where he defeated Edwin Rodriguez. In between all this time were injuries and troublesome litigation between Ward and Goossen's promotional firm.
Ward didn't perform at all in 2014. But there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel as Ward announced on various social media platforms that he signed a new promotional deal with Roc Nation Sports, which is now in the boxing business.
Goossen Promotions didn't have much to say about this news.
Tom Brown - who was Goossen's brother-in-law and remains in the family business - all he was willing to say on the record was - "that chapter is closed."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.