This past week, via his website, Andre S.O.G. (“Son of God”) Ward announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 33.
Andre Ward, who is the unified light heavyweight champion, and recognized as the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer leaves the sport with a flawless 32-0 record; having held the World Boxing Association Super World Light Heavyweight Title; International Boxing Federation World Light Heavyweight Title; and the World Boxing Organization World Lightweight Heavyweight Title.
Andre Ward started boxing at the age of 9 years old, and has not lost since he was 13 year’s old as an amateur.
During his amateur career, he recorded a 114-5 or 115-5 win- loss record, and won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division for the United States at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, becoming the first American boxer to capture gold in 8 years.
Per his website, he stated “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,”. He also stated “If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.”
His departure to the sport is huge, but it was on his own terms, and not due to the sports terms, which is great because he left the sport at the top, and not at the bottom on bitter terms.
Me, personally didn’t start tracking Andre Ward until his first boxing match against Sergey Kovalev, who is known as the “Krusher”, and per boxing channels on YouTube, Andre Ward was looked at as the underdog going against the “Krusher” at the time.
I was drawn to Andre Ward, because of his calm demeanor; will to win; being God fearing; as well as a fellow Pisces zodiac sign.
“Andre Ward.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Sept. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andre_Ward. Accessed 22 Sept. 2017.
Graham, Bryan Armen. “Andre Ward, boxing’s pound-for-Pound world No1, announces shock retirement.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 21 Sept. 2017, www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/21/andre-ward-retirement. Accessed 22 Sept. 2017.
Ward on retirement: ‘Desire to fight is no longer there’, www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/ward-on-retirement-desire-to-fight-is-no-longer-there/ar-AAsjjT0. Accessed 22 Sept. 2017.
“Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Sept. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Kovalev_vs._Andre_Ward. Accessed 22 Sept. 2017.