Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/21/14

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Andre Ward celebrates after defeating Mikkel Kessler of Denmark during their WBA Super Middleweight Championship Bout at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 21, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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.
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