Ward files lawsuit in California against promoter Goossen

Ward files lawsuit in California against promoter Goossen
August 9, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Andre Ward has fought five times in Oakland and four times in San Jose in his professional career. (USATSI)

Super middleweight champion Andre Ward filed a lawsuit against promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Oakland Division this week, according to a report by BoxingScene.com.

The Bay Area product and 2004 Olympic gold medalist is claiming Goossen violated the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, a law that requires a promoter to file copies of all agreements between the promoter and one or both of the boxers involved in a match with the supervising state athletic commission.

In addition, the Ali Act demands a promoter must disclose to each boxer the amounts of compensation or expectation of funds the promoter is contracted to earn from a match.

Ward, who remains undefeated (27-0, 14 knockouts), has not fought in nine months. His last bout came last November when he defeated Edwin Rodriguez by a unanimous decision.

The 30-year-old is accusing Goossen of failing to disclose several of his past fights, including key victories against Carl Froch in 2011 and Chad Dawson in 2012.

Ward and Goossen have been involved in ongoing legal action since earlier this year. The California State Athletic Commission ruled in favor of Goossen by upholding his company's promotional agreement with the Son of God (S.O.G.) on April 30.