P4P #1 Andre Ward Retires

By Caryn A. Tate on September 21, 2017
P4P #1 Andre Ward Retires
“You’ve been by my side since I was 10 years old. You’ve humbled me.” (Tri Nguyen)

“My body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there…”

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) today announced his retirement from the sport. Ward was last seen in the ring in June, when he defeated Sergey Kovalev via 8th round TKO in their rematch in Las Vegas.

Ward, the 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and America’s last male gold medalist in boxing, didn’t only remain undefeated throughout his nearly 13-year professional career. He did it against the best opposition in the world. At super middleweight, he dominated the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, and Arthur Abraham. In 2016, when he moved up to light heavyweight, he made it look easy when he beat #1 contender and Cuban technician Sullivan Barrera. Later in the year, he defeated the universally recognized king of the division, Sergey Kovalev, via close unanimous decision. In June 2017, Ward left no question when he stopped Kovalev in the 8th round.

On social media, Ward posted this message with a video: https://twitter.com/andreward/status/910866905522593792

Ward posted the following statement on his website earlier today.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

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.

Andre “S.O.G” Ward

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  1. David 01:25pm, 09/22/2017

    He fought the best in the world? Well then why didn’t he fight Gennady Golovkin as a middleweight if he was supposed to be such a good fighter?

  2. Kid Blast 08:50am, 09/22/2017

    raxman, the guy has rarely lost throughout his ENTIRE career. What do you want from him? He knows his body better than we do. He knows the punishment. That all said, of course, he will definitely be back for more. Of that I am sure.

  3. peter 06:14pm, 09/21/2017

    When is his comeback?

  4. raxman 06:12pm, 09/21/2017

    Come on Ted the Bull, given Wards astronomical talent he has underachieved -his retiring now after a solitary top level opponent at 175 is reminiscent of his lacklustre post super 6 tournament career.  He did great things at 168 - but only because of the tournament. Outside of the super 6 Ward didn’t make one decent fight until he fought Kovalev! And then he got a gift decision (which my wallet was happy about) and robbed himself of a clean ko victory by using dirty tactics that were not even required for him to get the ‘W’.
    Check out the resume between 2011 Froch and 2016 Kovalev: A weight drained and shot Dawson then Rodriguez, Smith, Barrera & Brand! On what planet should a fighter like Ward have those sorts of names on his resume - maybe at the start of his career, but post becoming the best 168pounder in the world???
    32 fights. And only 7 of them against former or current world titlists!! 
    From the perspective of this fan, Ward failed to meet my expectations in nearly every possible way. The low blows and headbutts not withstanding, his delusion that his talent alone should make him the ‘A’ side of a promotion no doubt priced him out of many good match ups.
    Ward could of, should of, but didn’t have the amazing career his talent deserved. Watching Ward clean out the super 6 tournament, watching him work out and break down the 2 best 168 pound fighters in the world in Kessler and Froch, is one of my fondest memories. I just wish he’d jumped to 175 to fight Dawson and then cleaned out 175 - that would’ve allowed him to live up to his promise

  5. Joe Masterleo 05:44pm, 09/21/2017

    Class among the classless, dignity among the undignified, spotless amid the contaminated, articulate among the inarticulate; one light in the dark valley of boxing that just got a little darker. Has and will continue to be boxing’s greatest living ambassador, and in a rare, understated way. Would make a great union leader or boxer’s rep if the if fighters ever organized themselves into a collective bargaining unit. On the latter, don’t hold your breath.

  6. Kid Blast 02:56pm, 09/21/2017

    No CTE or Dementia Smart move. Great career.

  7. Don from Prov 01:18pm, 09/21/2017

    A great fighter who always carried himself, and represented the sport, with dignity.  I wish him the best of luck in the future.

  8. Timothy Agoglia Carey 11:33am, 09/21/2017

    Not exactly like going in to the personnel office and filling out all the paperwork and submitting same….he’s leaving boxing…. which means he’s taking a break. Moreover, he really didn’t clear that ugly ass Adonis file off his desk before he left and that is unfinished business for sure! He gets an incomplete on that one!

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