Jay Z continues to expand his Roc Nation Sports empire. With its first boxing card taking place Friday (Jan. 9) at Madison Square Garden, the company makes a big move… signing super middleweight champ Andre Ward.
The undefeated boxing announced the deal on social media Friday, posting a photo of himself and Jay Z together, as they signing the contract. “It’s official!! #NextChapter Happy to be a part of the @rocnation family,” Ward wrote.
The deal comes shortly after Ward worked out an agreement to part ways with his longtime promoter, Goossen Promotions. Further details were unknown.
In addition to the signing of Ward, Roc Nation also closed a deal on the eve of their first boxing card to acquire promoter Gary Shaw’s company, giving it an instant stable of fighters, reports ESPN.
Under the agreement, Gary Shaw Productions will be absorbed into Roc Nation Sports — including most of the contracts of more than 20 fighters he promotes — and Shaw will run Roc Nation Sports’ boxing division, alongside chief operating officer David Itskowitch, who joined the company before it announced in August that it would begin promoting boxing.
Fights from Shaw’s company, that will now be promoted by Roc Nation Sports, include heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, who is close to a deal to challenge world champion Wladimir Klitschko on April 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn; junior welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme; Perez; Maicelo; middleweight Tureano Johnson, who fights in Friday’s Garden co-feature; lightweight prospect Kenneth Simms Jr.; welterweight Francisco Santana, who fights in the ESPN2 co-feature; and former middleweight titlist Daniel Geale.