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Andre Ward
Andre Ward.jpg
Ward in 2011
Statistics
Real name Andre Ward
Nickname(s) S.O.G. (Son Of God)[1]
Rated at Super-middleweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1984-02-23) February 23, 1984 (age 31)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 28
Wins by KO 15
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0
Andre Ward
Medal record
Men's boxing
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Light heavyweight

Andre Ward (born February 23, 1984) is an American professional boxer[2] and the current WBA(Super), Lineal super-middleweight champion, and former WBC and The Ring super-middleweight champion. Ward was a gold medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He won his first world championship in 2009. Ward was rated as the #2 pound-for-pound boxer in the world by Yahoo! Sports,[3] Sports Illustrated,[4] ESPN[5] and The Ring.[6] He was named Ring Magazine fighter of the year in 2011.

Early life

Andre was born to Frank Ward, an American of Irish descent, and Madeline Arvie Taylor, an African American.[7] Andre Ward's paternal grandparents were Harold Ward and Florence B. Ward.[8] His father inspired him by regaling him with stories of hard fought battles and triumphant victories. Given the choice to fight or pursue other sports, the young Andre chose boxing and became a world champion.

Amateur career

Ward started boxing in 1994. From 1998 to 2004 he did not lose a single match. In 2002, he won the Under 19 National Championship and was also a two time U.S. National Champion in 2001 and 2003 at Middleweight.

Amateur highlights

  • 2001 United States Amateur Middleweight Champion
  • 2002 Under 19 National Championship
  • 2003 United States Amateur Light Heavyweight Champion
  • Won the Light Heavyweight gold medal for the United States at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece becoming the first American boxer to capture gold in 8 years.

His results were:

Professional career

Early years

Ward made his pro debut on December 18, 2004 by scoring a second round TKO over Chris Molina. On February 5, 2005 Ward fought in his second pro fight against Kenny Kost. Ward overcame a rocky second round, in which he was hurt by a left hook, to win by unanimous decision. Ward defeated Roy Ashworth on April 7, 2005 by disqualification.

Ward won his next three fights, all by knockout, before going up against Darnell Boone on November 19, 2005. Ward was knocked down for the first time in his career in round four. Despite the knockdown, Ward went on to win by unanimous decision.

After the fight with Boone, Ward went on to win his next six fights, including TKO victories over undefeated Andy Kolle and Francisco Diaz. On November 16, 2007 Ward beat undefeated Roger Cantrell by fifth round TKO in Saint Lucia.

On March 20, 2008, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Ward defeated Rubin Williams by seventh round TKO. Ward hit Williams with jabs and straight left hands almost at will, opening a bad cut over Williams' left eye in the process. The cut would force the referee to stop the fight.

Ward faced Jerson Ravelo on June 20, 2008, in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, for the vacant regional NABO super-middleweight title. Ward dominated Ravelo for the majority of the fight en route to a TKO victory in the eighth round.

On May 16, 2009, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Ward defeated Edison Miranda by unanimous decision. The scores were 116–112, 119–109, 119–109 for Ward. Ward showed he had an inside game as well as an outside game. Miranda couldn't stay up with Ward's versatility around the ring.

On September 12, 2009, at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Ward defeated Shelby Pudwill by TKO in the 3rd round.

Super Six World Boxing Classic

Kessler vs Ward

Andre Ward defeated Mikkel Kessler on November 21, 2009 for the WBA super-middleweight championship in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Kessler was the strong favorite going into Showtime's Super Six tournament. In a career-defining performance, undefeated hometown favorite Ward put the U.S. on the board in the Super Six and captured the WBA super-middleweight title with a dominant 11 round technical decision over Denmark's Kessler in their Group Stage 1 bout.[9] The fight was stopped in round 11 due to cuts on Kessler's face caused by what was deemed unintentional headbutts by Ward. The fight went to the scorecards and Ward was far ahead by scores of 98–92, 98–92 and 97–93 at the time of the stoppage.

In January 2010 Jermain Taylor announced his exit from Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament. The Ring Top 10 ranked super-middleweight Allan Green was selected as his replacement and challenged Andre Ward on June 19.[10] Ward, defending the WBA super middleweight title, outclassed an opponent who spent most of the fight with his back against the ropes. Ward defeated Green by unanimous decision on June 19, 2010.[2] Though the 30-year-old gamely fought on, the knockout he needed to win never appeared remotely likely and he looked a spent man by the end as he picked up the second loss of his 31-fight pro career.

Ward was exempt from the final preliminary fight in the Super Six because he had already secured a number one position in the elimination rounds and his designated opponent (Andre Dirrell) had dropped out of the tournament. Instead, Ward successfully defended his WBA super middleweight title, unanimously outpointing another Top 10 ranked super middleweight, Sakio Bika, in front of a sparse crowd at Oracle Arena on Saturday night. Fighting in front of his hometown crowd as part of a dual-site co-main event, Ward didn't land many big shots but repeatedly hit Bika with a stinging left jab that the challenger was unable to counter. Ward won all 12 rounds on one judges scorecard and was ahead 118–110 on the other two.[11]

Ward vs Abraham

Ward's next title defense came against Top 10 ranked super middleweight Arthur Abraham on May 14, 2011 in Carson, California. Ward started out slow with Abraham, trying to find a way to penetrate his tight defense. After a competitive first few rounds, Ward seized control of the fight, using his ring savvy and instincts to control Abraham. Although Abraham was somewhat passive at times, he gave an earnest effort and frequently threw combinations that were mostly blocked by Ward. Abraham hurt Ward a couple of times in the final round, but it wasn't enough to finish Ward, who had dominated the fight and won a lopsided unanimous decision.

Ward vs Froch

Andre Ward won the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament in a bout against WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch. Ward and Froch were rated #1 and #2 respectively by Ring magazine, and the vacant The Ring super-middleweight title was on the line, as well as Froch and Ward's super-middleweight titles.[12] Over the first seven rounds, Ward outboxed Froch, successfully using his jab to neutralize Froch and beating Froch to the punch from a distance and at close range. In the later rounds, Ward seemed to take his foot off the gas, leaving Froch to win a couple rounds near the end of the fight, though they were close and fairly competitive rounds. The judges scorecards were 115–113, 115–113 and 118–110, all in favour of Ward. Ward won the vacant The Ring super-middleweight title and is also regarded as becoming Lineal champion with his Super Six World Boxing Classic win against Froch, despite some independent sources rating undefeated IBF title holder Lucian Bute #1 or 2.[13]

The World Boxing Council Board of Governors voted to make Ward "Champion in Recess" due to a broken hand Ward had sustained during the Super Six tournament.[14]

Ward vs Dawson

Ward's next fight was set for September 8, 2012 against Lineal/The Ring light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. The fight was at 168 lbs for Ward's super-middleweight titles. It ended in round ten with a technical knockout victory for Ward when Dawson asked the referee for the fight to be ended with the words: "It's over. I'm finished. I'm done."

In the first two rounds, Ward and Dawson felt each other out, with neither fighter having much success, though Dawson was able to land a few counter right hooks as Ward lunged inside. In the third round, Ward dropped Dawson with a left hook and dominated the round. Again in the fourth round, Ward was able to drop Dawson, in another dominating round. From fifth round until the end of the fight, Ward was able to neutralize Dawson's jab and work rate, seemingly out boxing and frustrating Dawson throughout. Then, in the tenth round, Ward dropped Dawson to a knee after a solid combination, which prompted referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight after Dawson could not continue.

Ward was scheduled to defend his super middleweight titles against former Lineal/WBC/WBO/The Ring middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on January 26, 2013 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. However, an injury sustained by Ward originally postponed the bout for 4 more weeks and the fight was expected to take place on February 23, 2013. The injury was more severe than originally thought and led to the cancellation of the fight as well as the subsequent retirement of Pavlik.[15]

On March 23, 2013 the WBC stripped Ward of the WBC super-middleweight title belt for being inactive for a long period of time, and for failing to face a mandatory challenger. They granted him champion emeritus status. Ward claimed a shoulder injury that required surgery was the reason for his inactivity, but the WBC claimed that Ward had not provided any medical evidence or even given them a rough availability date.[16]

On May 20, Ward relinquished the champion emeritus title, stating that he did not believe the WBC had the right to strip him of the world title because he was willing and able to defend it within the period specified by the WBC's rules. Ward was praised for standing up to the WBC.[17]

Ward vs Rodriguez

Ward spent most of 2013 recovering from injuries, and feuding with promoter Dan Goossen, over the inclusion of a co-manager in Ward's promotional contract. The case has been to court or arbitration on 3 separate occasions. Each time, Goossen was deemed in the right. Ward defended his WBA and Ring titles against unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez in Ontario, California in November 2013 with a wide unanimous decision. The fight started with rough tactics, until Jack Reiss made an unprecedented move... penalizing both fighters two points each, and warning them that he would end the fight if it did not clean up. Ward went on to dominate the rest of the fight.

Ward spent all of 2014 inactive, still feuding with Goossen. Dan Goossen died of complications from liver cancer in September 2014, leaving the future of Andre Ward's boxing career even further in doubt.

On February 19, 2015 the The Ring reportedly stripped Ward of his Ring Champion belt due to him not having defended his title against a top #5 contender in the last two years.

Professional boxing record

28 wins (15 KOs), 0 losses[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round,
Time
Date Location Notes
Win 28–0 United Kingdom Paul Smith TKO 9 (12), 1:45 2015-06-20 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California Non-title fight. Catch weight at 172 lbs
Win 27–0 Dominican Republic Edwin Rodríguez UD 12 2013-11-16 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California Retained WBA (Super) and The Ring super middleweight titles.
Titles not at stake for Rodríguez as he failed to make weight.
Win 26–0 United States Chad Dawson TKO 10 (12),
2:45
2012-09-08 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California Retained WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring super middleweight titles.
Win 25–0 United Kingdom Carl Froch UD 12 2011-12-17 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBA (Super) super middleweight title.
Won WBC and The Ring super middleweight titles.
Won Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament.
Win 24–0 Germany Arthur Abraham UD 12 2011-05-14 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California Retained WBA (Super) super middleweight title.
Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament Semifinal.
Win 23–0 Cameroon Sakio Bika UD 12 2010-11-27 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California Retained WBA (Super) super middleweight title.
Non Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament Bout.
Win 22–0 United States Allan Green UD 12 2010-06-19 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California Retained WBA (Super) super middleweight title.
Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament Stage 2.
Win 21–0 Denmark Mikkel Kessler TD 11 (12),
1:42
2009-11-21 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California Won WBA (Super) super middleweight title.
Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament Stage 1.
Win 20–0 United States Shelby Pudwill TKO 3 (10),
2:16
2009-09-12 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win 19–0 Colombia Edison Miranda UD 12 2009-05-16 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California Retained NABO and NABF super middleweight titles.
Win 18–0 United States Henry Buchanan UD 12 2009-02-06 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California Won NABO and vacant NABF super middleweight titles.
Win 17–0 Mexico Esteban Camou TKO 3 (10),
2:46
2008-12-13 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Win 16–0 United States Jerson Ravelo TKO 8 (12),
2:37
2008-06-20 Cayman Islands Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, Georgetown Won vacant NABO super middleweight title.
Win 15–0 United States Rubin Williams TKO 7 (10),
2:51
2008-03-20 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win 14–0 United States Roger Cantrell TKO 5 (10),
1:56
2007-11-16 Saint Lucia Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet
Win 13–0 United States Francisco Diaz TKO 3 (8),
2:59
2007-07-14 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 12–0 United States Dhafir Smith TKO 6 (8),
2:47
2007-05-17 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Win 11–0 Haiti Julio Jean TKO 3 (8),
2:04
2007-03-29 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win 10–0 United States Derrick Findley UD 6 2006-11-16 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win 9–0 United States Andy Kolle RTD 6 (8),
3:00
2006-04-29 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 8–0 United States Kendall Gould UD 6 2006-02-23 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Win 7–0 United States Darnell Boone UD 6 2005-11-19 United States Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Win 6–0 United States Glenn LaPlante KO 1 (6),
2:59
2005-10-01 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
Win 5–0 United States Christopher Holt RTD 3 (6),
3:00
2005-08-18 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win 4–0 United States Ben Aragon TKO 3 (6),
0:59
2005-06-18 United States FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
Win 3–0 United States Roy Ashworth DQ 3 (6),
2:56
2005-04-07 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win 2–0 United States Kenny Kost UD 6 2005-02-10 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Win 1–0 United States Chris Molina TKO 2 (4),
0:40
2004-12-18 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Professional debut.

Titles in boxing

Major World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Special Titles:

Filmography

References

  1. ^ Powell, Jeff. "http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-2074729/Andre-Ward-preaching-right-way-ahead-Carl-Froch-fight.html". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Andre Ward's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2011-10-08.
  3. ^ Iole, Kevin (2012-09-21). "Boxing rankings: Andre Ward moves into No. 2 - Yahoo Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Pound-For-Pound Top 15". CNN. May 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ "ESPN's pound-for-pound rankings - ESPN". Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ratings by Ring Magazine". Ringtv.craveonline.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  7. ^ "Andre Ward Remembers the Father Who Inspired His Boxing Career". HBO. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Frank William "Duke" Ward". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2014-01-09. 
  9. ^ Gonzalez, Edgar (2009-11-29). "Ward defeats Kessler". MyBoxingFans. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  10. ^ Tulsa's Allan Green Tulsa World accessed February 17, 2010
  11. ^ Rafael, Dan (2010-11-28). "Andre Ward defeats Sakio Bika". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  12. ^ "Froch advances to No 2 super-middleweight". ringtv.craveonline.com. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 
  13. ^ http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/supermid.htm
  14. ^ "Dirrell-Sjekloca For WBC Title, Ward is Champion in Recess - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  15. ^ "Andre Ward-Kelly Pavlik fight to be canceled, Ward to have shoulder surgery - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  16. ^ .com, Fightingnews. "WBC Statement on Andre Ward". 
  17. ^ Iole, Kevin (21 May 2013). "Andre Ward tells the WBC to get lost, and hopefully he is the first of many". Yahoo!. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 

External links

Achievements
Preceded by
Mikkel Kessler
WBA super middleweight champion
Super Champion

November 21, 2009 – present
Incumbent
Vacant
Title last held by
Joe Calzaghe
The Ring super middleweight champion
December 17, 2011 – February 19, 2015
Stripped
Vacant
Preceded by
Carl Froch
WBC super middleweight champion
December 17, 2011 – April 11, 2013
Status changed: Emeritus Champion
Vacant
Title next held by
Sakio Bika
Awards
Preceded by
Sergio Gabriel Martinez
BWAA Fighter of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Nonito Donaire
The Ring Fighter of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Marquez

Titles in boxing

Major World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Special Titles:

Filmography

References

External links

Achievements
Preceded by
Mikkel Kessler
WBA super middleweight champion
Super Champion

November 21, 2009 – present
Incumbent
Vacant
Title last held by
Joe Calzaghe
The Ring super middleweight champion
December 17, 2011 – February 19, 2015
Stripped
Vacant
Preceded by
Carl Froch
WBC super middleweight champion
December 17, 2011 – April 11, 2013
Status changed: Emeritus Champion
Vacant
Title next held by
Sakio Bika
Awards
Preceded by
Sergio Gabriel Martinez
BWAA Fighter of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Nonito Donaire
The Ring Fighter of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Marquez