Super-middleweight champ Ward signs deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

Andre Ward sits with his new promotional partner Jay-Z at Roc Nation Sports Presents: Throne Boxing at The Theater At Madison Square Garden on Friday.

Jamie McCarthy


Super middleweight champion Andre Ward says he has signed with fledgling promoter Roc Nation Sports.

Ward announced the deal with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z’s new boxing promotion division Friday.

”Happy to be a part of the (at)RocNation family,” Ward posted on Instagram under a photo of the boxer and Jay-Z signing the contract.

The 30-year-old Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) has fought just twice in the last three years while engaging in a protracted legal fight with Goossen Promotions, which shepherded his rise from Olympic gold medalist to professional champion.

Ward is widely considered one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters, and he still holds the WBA’s 168-pound title despite his prolonged inactivity.

He won the belt with a victory over Mikkel Kessler in November 2009 in Oakland, California, Ward’s hometown.