Super middleweight world champion Andre Ward underwent successful surgery to repair a small tear in his right shoulder capsule this past Friday, his publicist Julie Goldsticker informed CSNBayArea.com.
Dr. Michael Dillingham, who was the 49ers' team physician for 25 years and is renowned for his work with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, conducted the surgery with the assistance of partners Dr. Ken Akizuki, the Giants' current orthopedist, and Dr. Joe Donahue, team physician for Santa Clara University Athletics. The operation occurred at the SOAR Surgicenter in Burlingame.
Ward will now rehabilitate his shoulder with physical therapist Lisa Giannone at Active Care in San Francisco. Giannone once helped Rice recover from a potentially career-threatening knee injury and oversaw Robert Guerrero's comeback from shoulder surgery in 2012.
A native son of Oakland, Ward (NorCal No. 1; 26-0, 14 KOs) was slated to defend his title against Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs), but the fight has been shelved indefinitely. According to Ward's promoter Dan Goossen, "S.O.G." will be out for at least four to five months.
"I think that when I get back, the super middleweight division, and, even possibly the light heavyweight division is going to be more appetizing," Ward told Ring Magazine's Lem Satterfield. "There could be some potential fights right on the table as soon as I come back, so it could be a good thing from that standpoint."
CSN Bay Area Boxing Insider Ryan Maquiñana is a voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and panelist for Ring Magazine’s Ratings Board. E-mail him at email@example.com, check out his blog at NorcalBoxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.