Andre Ward is a two-weight champion and considered one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. "I did it. We did it", wrote Ward, whose last loss came as a 12-year-old.
"If I can not give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting", he wrote. You gave me a platform, made me a champion and helped me provide for my family.
He also became the first American to win a gold at the Olympics in eight years when he took home that particular medal for the Light Heavyweight division at the 2004 games in Athens. 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. "My goal was was always to retire from this sport and not let the sport retire me". Future big fights, perhaps with middleweight powerhouse Gennady Golovkin or fellow light heavyweight titlist Adonis Stevenson might remain, but it's clear that Ward, who would be a certain favorite against either fighter, no longer feels the need to prove himself.
In a post on his website titled "Mission Accomplished", Ward wrote that his body could not longer take the punishment of boxing and that, as such, he'd lost his desire to fight. "It's not about the money anymore, it's just because god has blessed me to still have the ability to do it and I still love it. At this point, it's time and I know it's time", Ward said. If long time waiting and just fighting close to titles, this no good, you know? The Krusher joked to TMZ Sports that he predicted he would end Ward's career before their second fight back in June. and now, "It's true!" For most of his career, Ward dominated the super middleweight ranks, scoring wins at 168 pounds over the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Chad Dawson. Again, Ward said it was all about the overall rigors of the sport.
Last month, Ward told ringside media that his television contract with HBO was up. "The Hall of Fame will be lucky to have him".