Super middleweight champion Andre Ward will defend his WBC and WBA belts against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on Jan. 26 at the Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Ward’s promoter, Dan Goossen, announced the bout between the two Americans on Tuesday.
Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) is among the world’s top handful of pound-for-pound fighters, with a perfect career since winning a gold medal at the Athens Olympics. He will make his sixth title defense against Pavlik after stopping light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in September.
Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) has revitalized his career with four straight victories since losing his two middleweight titles to Sergio Martinez in April 2010.
Pavlik endured long ring layoffs in recent years while struggling with substance abuse and upheaval in his camp.