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Ward has successful surgery

Andre Ward poses on Friday, January 4, the

Andre Ward poses on Friday, January 4, the day of right shoulder surgery in California. Credit: Squint Photo

After weeks of opinions and second opinions on his ailing right shoulder the rescheduling of a big fight, WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder last Friday and will begin rehabilitation next week.

Ward was set to defend his title against Kelly Pavlik January 26. The fight was postponed to March 2 after Ward felt pain in his shoulder during a sparring session. The original MRI revealed swelling, but no damage to the rotator cuff.

Ward then sought a second opinion from Dr. Michael Dillingham. A second MRI revealed a small tear in Andre's right shoulder capsule. The March 2 fight against Pavlik was canceled. Dr. Dillingham performed the surgery on Ward’s shoulder at the SOAR Surgicenter in Burlingame, Ca.

Ward is expected to make a full recovery, but no timetable was given for his return to the ring.

"The doctor said Andre will initially have his arm in a sling where he will be better prepared to give a timeline for Andre's recovery process once the sling is removed," said promoter Dan Goossen.

Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) promised to come back better than ever.

"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,” said Ward. I am confident that I will return to the ring even better than I was prior to the injury.

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."

New York Sports