Andre Ward shocks the boxing world announcing his retirement
Published Sept, 21, 2017
Unified light heavyweight world champion and pound-for-pound kingpin Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) has decided to hang up the gloves and retire from the sport of boxing.
Ward made it clear he no longer has the desire to continue fighting stating:
"To the sport of boxing—I love you. You've been by my side since I was 10-years-old. You've taught me so much. You've humbled me. You've promoted me. I've sacrificed a lot for you, but you've given me more than I ever thought possible. You gave me a platform, made me a champion and helped me provide for my family. I am forever grateful to you. You and I will always be synonymous, connected at the hip. Thank you for all the wonderful people I've come in contact with because of you. I've made friends for life. As I walk away from the sport of boxing today, I leave at the top of your glorious mountain, which was always my vision and my dream. I did it. We did it.
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey. You know who you are. I could not have done this without you. I want to be clear—I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there. If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the Glory, for allowing me to do what I've done, for as long as I have."
Ward is one of the most accomplished fighters of his time winning a Gold medal for the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
In 2009, Ward established himself as a top-tier professional winning the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament and capturing the WBA super middleweight title defeating Mikkel Kessler and the WBC title defeating Carl Froch in the tournament final.
He was named the RING and Boxing Writer's Association fighter of the year in 2009.
Ward closed out his career fighting the former IBF, WBA, and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. Ward defeated Kovalev to become a two-division world champion in what many saw as a controversial decision victory in the first fight.
In the rematch, Ward left no doubts as he stopped Kovalev in eight rounds in front of 10,592 fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Andre Ward leaves the sport at the top of the game having defeated everyone in his path despite being heavily criticized and inactive during periods of his career. Fighter's like Ward are rare and don't come around often and it will be very interesting to see who steps up to claim the pound-for-pound crown in his absence.
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