Promoter Dan Goossen wins another round with Andre Ward

Andre Ward, Chad Dawson

Andre Ward, left, connects with a punch to the head of Chad Dawson in their September 2012 fight won by Ward via 10th-round TKO./Photo by Associated Press


Promoter Dan Goossen, president of Goossen Tutor Promotions in Sherman Oaks, on Wednesday won yet another legal battle with super middleweight champion Andre Ward.

Ward has been trying to free himself of his contract with Goossen, to no avail. Wednesday, L.A. Superior Court judge Holly Kendig ruled that Ward had not stated any basis for which the contract should be invalidated.

Ward has contended that his contract with Goossen violated Section 2588 of the California Labor Code, which basically says a personal services contract may not go longer than seven years; Ward has been with Goossen since December 2004, but signed a contract extension in 2011.

Kendig also noted that Ward – in his attempt to break free from Goossen – has already been shot down twice by the California State Athletic Commission.

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