Andre Ward Quote On Andre Dirrell
Word broke yesterday that Andre Dirrell is out of his fight against Andre Ward as well as the Super Six tournament because of neurological issues stemming from his fight against Arthur Abraham in which Abraham hit him when he was defenseless and not standing upright.
There has always been mystery around this fight. It was scheduled to go off last month, but neither guy was even training. Neither promoter said anything about what was going on. Some people thought they’d never fight because of their friendship. Some reported that it was because both guys wanted to be paid more than they were contracted. And then the news on Dirrell came out yesterday.
Goossen Tutor Promotions sent out a press release today with quotes from Andre Ward. It’s below:
OAKLAND, CA – (October 8, 2010) – WBA Super Middleweight Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) issued the following statement upon hearing the news of 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Andre Dirrell pulling out of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament because of neurological issues stemming from his last bout against Arthur Abraham.
“It’s very unfortunate to hear about Andre Dirrell’s situation. It’s never a good thing for a fight not to be able to work, especially for a neurological reason. I pray for his health and that he is able to return to the ring as soon as possible,” Ward said.