Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports management company has added another athlete tot heir roster. Boxer Andre Ward has reportedly signed on with the company’s boxing division.
“We have signed Andre Ward and it’s something we’re very excited about,” David Itskowitch, chief operating officer of Roc Nation Sports’ boxing division, told ESPN. “It’s just the beginning for us but it’s a game-changer. He’s one of the best fighters in the world.”
Ward has only had two fights in the last three years due to battling with Goossen Promotions to be released from his contract with them. Since he has not been in the ring much, Itskowitch says that Roc Nation will be working closely with Ward to prepare him to be a top competitor in the boxing world.
“We’re going to sit down and talk about when he will specifically fight and the level of opponent he will fight,” Itskowitch said. “He’s been out of the ring for a while. We’ll come up with names and come up with a date but we’re excited to give him the opportunity to show he’s one of the best in the world.”
The date of Ward’s first fight has not been determined. He won his last match in November of 2013 against middleweight boxer Edwin Rodriguez.
Roc Nation Sports will be promoting their first fight tonight (Jan.9) at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, which will be headlined by Dusty Hernandez-Harrison and Tommy Rainone.