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“"It's funny, because when Andre went to (a different) doctor after he first hurt the hand, he said, 'I don't care if my hand is broken, I'm fighting.' But we didn't know at the time it really was broken," Goossen said. "When I spoke to Andre on Thursday, he said, 'Thank goodness we didn't know.' " Goossen said he had some concerns about the hand leading into the fight. He had looked at it when they were in New York for the final news conference a few days beforehand, and he noticed that it was swollen. "He kept icing it and icing it, but he was determined to fight no matter what," Goossen said. "But this is what the great ones do -- they find a way to get through something like this. It's another reason why I think Andre is destined for superstardom. He overcomes everything." When no fracture was detected after the X-rays when he first hurt it, the injury was diagnosed as a soft tissue injury. "I hit one of my sparring partners on top of the head, and it was a good shot," Ward said. "We kept sparring a couple of more rounds and didn't think much of it. I told my team that it feels weird, almost like a fracture." Ward said when he first visited the doctor and had an X-ray the week before the fight, he was surprised that no fracture was seen. "When it first happened it felt like a fracture," Ward said. "That's the last thing I wanted to think about going into the fight. Everyone around me was trying to be positive. "Overnight, the hand just blew up. So when the doctor told me there was no fracture I was shocked. I just couldn't believe it. He said it was a soft tissue injury and just deep bruise. I lived with an icepack on my hand for the week leading up to the fight, but it hurt when I put on the gloves even just to hit the mitts. The way it was looking and feeling, I was very concerned the night before the fight." He said he was so concerned he had cut man Jacob "Stitch" Duran come to his hotel room to do a run-through on how he would wrap his hands the following night, just to make sure he could deal with it. Ward said it was very uncomfortable, but that he was resigned to fighting. In the fight, the left hand was open for Ward to use, so he kept firing it despite the pain. "I just tried to keep using it and other times, I would wince if I hit him with a good shot," Ward said. "But I've seen fighters like Floyd Mayweather fight with one hand. "As a fighter, you already know that that day is going to come for you. I knew that I was going to have that day, so I had no choice but to keep using the hand. I simply had no other choice." Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter @danrafaelespn.
He kept icing it and icing it, but he was determined to fight no matter what. But this is what the great ones do -- they find a way to get through something like this. It's another reason why I think Andre is destined for superstardom.” -- Promoter Dan Goossen on Andre Ward