Andre Ward hinting at a possible retirement in the near future
If I never box another day in my life, I can't complain. God has been good to me. Boxing is what I do, it's not who I am.
— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) October 2, 2014
By Cameron Gillon: Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward has hinted today that he is considering retirement from boxing. This doesn’t come as a surprise to me, Ward has been incredibly inactive over the past three years.
Ward has only fought twice in nearly 3 years, he knocked Chad Dawson out in 2012 and last year in December he ended Edwin Rodriguez unbeaten record with a 12 round unanimous decision.
Ward took to twitter earlier and said. ‘If I never box another day in my life, I can’t complain. God has been good to me. Boxing is what I do, it’s not who I am.” This may not indicate much in some eyes, but it seems to me he doesn’t have the hunger. You rarely see a boxer or fighter say that unless they are considering walking away from the sport and its a shame as Ward is arguably the number one pound for pound fighter behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. Ward would be the one to take Mayweather’s mantel when he retires but with Ward being out for so long all the time, you can’t see it happening. I’m surprised he is even in the second place spot.
Ward’s been in a long lawsuit battle with promoter Dan Goossen over the past few years with Ward trying to get out of a contract with Goossen to go his own way. Goossen sadly passed away earlier this week and Ward send out a heartfelt statement basically saying despite the on going problems with Goossen he will be missed and his prayers are with his family.
What this means for Ward in the future boxing wise is still yet to be known and will be for a while you believe. Whether the lawsuit will end or if Goossen’s family continue with it which has been speculated online isn’t clear just yet, but lets hope we see Ward back in the ring again soon as he is a rare talent.
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