“It’s official!! #NextChapter Happy to be a part of the @rocnation family,” Ward tweeted on Friday morning. And with that Andre Ward started a new chapter of his boxing career with Roc Nation Sports. Ward (27-0, 14 KOs), widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world not named Floyd Mayweather Jr., will instantly become the face of Roc Nation Sports’ boxing franchise.


The Super middleweight champion has fought only twice in the past three years — mainly because of a protracted contact battle with Goossen Promotions but he is about to get a lot busier.

Details of how the split with Goossen Promotions came about after years of legal battling were not disclosed, but Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions clearly was not happy with the result.

“That chapter is closed. I’ve moved on,” Brown told ESPN.com.

Roc Nation Sports’ move comes only hours before it will promote its first fight card on Friday (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 10 p.m. ET) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, which is headlined by welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison against Tommy Rainone. Ward will be ringside for the show.

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