Boxing champion Andre Ward retires

Boxing champion Andre Ward retires

Boxing champion Andre Ward retires

After over 20 years as a fighter, Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) is "leaving" boxing. "God forbid if that ever happens, it's not going to be because I wasn't ready". I don't know if it's a fear of failure, but I've always had it. A month or so after beating Sergey Kovalev by decision in their first bout previous year, he told Rolling Stone in January he was possibly nearing the end of his career. Ward won a somewhat controversial decision and the two engaged in a rematch earlier this year, where Ward defeated Kovalev via TKO to retain the titles. You've humbled me. You've promoted me.

Andre Ward, the reigning WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion, America's last Olympic gold medalist, and the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport according to several polls, shocked the boxing universe today, September 21, by announcing his retirement. "I did it. We did it", Ward wrote in a statement posted on his website today.

It didn't take long for Ward's career to take off, either.

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HBO said Ward will work as an analyst for its boxing broadcasts.

In a separate interview with ESPN's First Take program, Ward said the intensive training camps for title fights had taken a steady toll on his body. When your physical body starts to wear on you, it takes away your desire and when you don't have the desire and you don't have the ability to physically go out there and fight the way you need to, you shouldn't be in a boxing ring.

DeGale would love to follow in Ward's footsteps and add to his solitary title in the future, but also hailed "S.O.G" as the No 1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. "I've studied those guys and how they walked away and who came back". "I just really got to take my time right now and make sure that every decision that I make and every fight that I take is the right situation because if it's not, I don't know if it makes sense to continue on", he told the magazine.

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He went 114-5 in an extraordinary amateur career that culminated with an Olympic gold medal at the Athens Games, which remains the last time an American has topped the podium in men's boxing. "I should spend more time in the gym, not flying from here back to home, to Russian Federation".

Along with two wins over Kovalev, Ward bested former light heavyweight titlist Chad Dawson, and esteemed junior middleweights Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham and Mikkel Kessler, among others.

Ward steps away from the ring with an unblemished record of thirty-two wins and no defeats.

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