WBC Strips Another Champion: Andre Ward Becomes Champion in Recess

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IApril 27, 2012

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - DECEMBER 17:  Andre Ward lands a left on Carl Froch of England during their WBA/WBC Super Middleweight Championship bout at Boardwalk Hall on December 17, 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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2011 Fighter of The Year, Super Six super middleweight winner and WBA champion Andre "S.O.G" Ward (25-0 13KOs) was recently stripped of his WBC belt, which he won from Carl Froch, and was named a champion in recess by the WBC.

Ward isn't the only person that this has happened to. Timothy Bradley became a champion in recess last year when signing over to top rank. His title was later won by Erik Morales in the Mayweather vs. Ortiz undercard.

Toshiaki Nishioka is another fighter who was named a champion in recess, but that was more reasonable since he didn't want to defend it after a six-month period. His belt was later won by Abner Mares earlier this month.

This move really doesn't make any sense at all. The reason cited for these actions was because Andre Ward had broken his hand in his last fight and they wanted to give him enough time to heal it. While Ward hasn't mentioned the state of his hand recently, it doesn't seem to be a big problem.

It has only been a little over four months since he won the belt, so he still has two months to make a defense of it against mandatory challenger Anthony Dirrell (24-0 21KOs). There was speculation that Ward didn't want to face Dirrell anyways, but "S.O.G" still had two months to make up his mind.

Now, the WBC may be acting off Ward's actions, because there were talks of Ward considering vacating the title. There were talks of Dirrell fighting Froch for the vacant belt, but seeing as Ward still held it and Froch took a fight with Lucian Bute, nothing happened. 

Now the vacant WBC super middleweight belt will be on the line for Anthony Dirrell and No. 3-rated WBC boxer Nikola Sjekloca (24-0 7KOs).

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