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Andre Ward confirms torn shoulder

Updated: December 27, 2012, 6:25 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Super middleweight champion Andre Ward said Thursday that he has a tear in his right shoulder that will require surgery, explaining why he had to cancel his defense against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.

Ward and Pavlik were scheduled to meet Jan. 26 in the first major HBO fight of 2013 at the Galen Center on the USC campus in Los Angeles.

But after Ward injured the shoulder during a sparring session in late November, the fight was postponed.

Promoter Dan Goossen ...

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