Andre Ward

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Andre Ward
Andre Ward.jpg
Ward in 2011
Statistics
Real nameAndre Ward
Nickname(s)S.O.G. (Son Of God)[1]
Rated atSuper middleweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1984-02-23) February 23, 1984 (age 30)
San Francisco, California, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights27
Wins27
Wins by KO14
Losses0
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Andre Ward
Andre Ward.jpg
Ward in 2011
Statistics
Real nameAndre Ward
Nickname(s)S.O.G. (Son Of God)[1]
Rated atSuper middleweight
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1984-02-23) February 23, 1984 (age 30)
San Francisco, California, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights27
Wins27
Wins by KO14
Losses0
Draws0
No contests0
Olympic medal record
Men's boxing
Gold2004 AthensLight heavyweight

Andre Ward (born February 23, 1984) is an American professional boxer[2] and the current WBA (Super) and The Ring super middleweight champion, and former WBC super-middleweight champion. Ward was a gold medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He won his first world championship in 2009. Ward is 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.

Amateur career[edit]

Ward started boxing in 1994 and had a record of 115–5 as an amateur. 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[edit]

His results were:

Professional career[edit]

Super middleweight[edit]

Ward made his pro debut on December 18, 2004 by scoring a second round TKO over Chris Molina. Ward dropped Molina in the first round with a straight left cross to the chin that drove him into the ropes and down on the second strand. Ward, continued to dominate the action and dropped Molina for the second and final time with another sharp left hook to the jaw. The referee waved off the bout at 40 seconds of the second round.

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, after Ashworth committed numerous fouls on Ward, including shoving Ward to the canvas and hitting him in the back of his head.

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[edit]

Ward vs. Kessler[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Ward vs. Abraham[edit]

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[edit]

Andre Ward won the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament in a dramatic bout against WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch. The vacant The Ring super middleweight title would be on the line in the fight, as well as Froch and Ward's super middleweight titles. In the first 7 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 favor of Ward. Ward won the vacant The Ring super middleweight title.

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.[10]

Ward vs. Dawson[edit]

Ward's next fight was set for September 8, 2012 against The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson. The fight was at 168 lbs for Ward's super middleweight titles. It ended in round 10 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, and WBO 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.[11]

WBC title[edit]

On March 23rd 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.[12]

On May 20th, 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.[13]

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (14 KOs), 0 Losses[2]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRound,
Time
DateLocationNotes
Win27–0Dominican Republic Edwin RodríguezUD122013-11-16United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CaliforniaRetained WBA/The Ring super-middleweight titles.
Win26–0United States Chad DawsonTKO10 (12),
2:45
2012-09-08United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, CaliforniaRetained WBA(Super)/WBC/The Ring super-middleweight titles.
Win25–0United Kingdom Carl FrochUD122011-12-17United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained WBA(Super), and won WBC & vacant The Ring super-middleweight titles.
Won Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament.
Win24–0Armenia Arthur AbrahamUD122011-05-14United States Home Depot Center, Carson, CaliforniaRetained WBA(Super) super-middleweight title.
Win23–0Cameroon Sakio BikaUD122010-11-27United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, CaliforniaRetained WBA(Super) super-middleweight title.
Win22–0United States Allan GreenUD122010-06-19United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, CaliforniaRetained WBA(Super) super-middleweight title.
Win21–0Denmark Mikkel KesslerTD11 (12),
1:42
2009-11-21United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, CaliforniaWon WBA(Super) super-middleweight title.
Win20–0United States Shelby PudwillTKO3 (10),
2:16
2009-09-12United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win19–0Colombia Edison MirandaUD122009-05-16United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, CaliforniaRetained NABO/NABF super-middleweight titles.
Win18–0United States Henry BuchananUD122009-02-06United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, CaliforniaRetained NABO super-middleweight title.
Won vacant NABF super-middleweight title.
Win17–0Mexico Esteban CamouTKO3 (10),
2:46
2008-12-13United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Win16–0United States Jerson RaveloTKO8 (12),
2:37
2008-06-20Cayman Islands Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, Georgetown, Cayman IslandsWon vacant NABO super-middleweight title.
Win15–0United States Rubin WilliamsTKO7 (10),
2:51
2008-03-20United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win14–0United States Roger CantrellTKO5 (10),
1:56
2007-11-16Saint Lucia Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
Win13–0United States Francisco DiazTKO3 (8),
2:59
2007-07-14United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win12–0United States Dhafir SmithTKO6 (8),
2:47
2007-05-17United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Win11–0Haiti Julio JeanTKO3 (8),
2:04
2007-03-29United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win10–0United States Derrick FindleyUD62006-11-16United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win9–0United States Andy KolleRTD6 (8),
3:00
2006-04-29United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win8–0United States Kendall GouldUD62006-02-23United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Win7–0United States Darnell BooneUD62005-11-19United States Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Win6–0United States Glenn LaPlanteKO1 (6),
2:59
2005-10-01United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
Win5–0United States Christopher HoltRTD3 (6),
3:00
2005-08-18United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win4–0United States Ben AragonTKO3 (6),
0:59
2005-06-18United States FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
Win3–0United States Roy AshworthDQ3 (6),
2:56
2005-04-07United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win2–0United States Kenny KostUD62005-02-10United States Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California
Win1–0United States Chris MolinaTKO2 (4),
0:40
2004-12-18United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaProfessional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Special Titles:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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 – present
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