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Andre Ward

Ward in 2011
Personal information
Real name: Andre Ward
Nickname(s): S.O.G. (Son Of God) [1]
Nationality: American
Date of birth: (1984-02-23) February 23, 1984 (age 38)
Place of birth: San Francisco, California, USA
Personal Statistics
Rated at:
Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Reach: 71 in (180 cm)
Boxing career information
Total fights     32
Wins     32
Wins by KO     16
Losses     0
Olympic medal record
Men's boxing
Gold 2004 Athens Light heavyweight

Andre Ward (born February 23, 1984) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2004 to 2017. He retired with a 32–0 undefeated streak. He held the unified WBA (Undisputed), IBF, and WBO light heavyweight titles in his last two years of his career. He also held the unified WBA (Super), WBC, Ring, and lineal super middleweight titles between 2009 and 2015.

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,[2] Sports Illustrated,[3] ESPN[4] and The Ring.[5] 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. Andre's father was an undefeated professional boxer. 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, Andre chose boxing and has poured his mind, body and soul into the sport & became a world champion. Frank Ward passed away while the young Andre Ward was still a teenager. Afterwards, his current trainer, Virgil Hunter, whom he already had a close bond with since a child, stepped up to be his second father figure and guide him through the amateurs and eventually winning a gold medal in the Olympics and to being a world champion in professional boxing.

Ward grew up in the East Bay in the Fairview neighborhood of Hayward, in California, where he attended Fairview Elementary, Bret Harte Junior High School and Hayward High School. At Hayward High he starred as a running back and safety on the football team. Andre Ward trained at Kings Boxing Gym located in Oakland. When he turned 17 he became a close friend to boxer Andre Dirrell.

Amateur career[]

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[]

  • 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:

    • 1st round – Second Place at the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
    • 2nd round – Defeated Clemente Russo (Italy) 17–9
    • Quarterfinals – Defeated Evgeny Makarenko (Russia) 23–16
    • Semifinals – Defeated Utkirbek Haydarov (Uzbekistan) 17–15
    • Gold Medal Match – Defeated Magomed Aripgadjiev (Belarus) 20–13

Professional career[]

Super Middleweight[]

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[]

Ward vs. Kessler[]
Main article: Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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[]
Main article: Andre Ward vs. Arthur 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[]
Main article: Carl Froch vs. Andre Ward

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[]

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 vs. Pavlik[]

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]

Professional boxing record[]

32 Wins (16 knockouts, 15 decisions, 1 disqualification), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[8]
No. Res. Record Opponent Type Rd. Date Location Notes
32 Win 32–0 Russia Sergey Kovalev TKO 8 (12), 2:29 Jun 17, 2017 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA (Undisputed), IBF, and WBO light heavyweight titles;
Won vacant The Ring light heavyweight title
31 Win 31–0 Russia Sergey Kovalev UD 12 Nov 19, 2016 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA (Undisputed), IBF, and WBO light heavyweight titles
30 Win 30–0 File:Flag of Colombia.svg Alexander Brand UD 12 Aug 6, 2016 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, U.S. Won vacant WBO International light heavyweight title
29 Win 29–0 File:Flag of Cuba.svg Sullivan Barrera UD 12 Mar 26, 2016 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, U.S.
28 Win 28–0 United Kingdom Paul Smith TKO 9 (12), 1:45 Jun 20, 2015 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, U.S.
27 Win 27–0 File:Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Edwin Rodríguez UD 12 Nov 16, 2013 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), The Ring, and lineal super middleweight titles
26 Win 26–0 United States Chad Dawson TKO 10 (12), 2:45 Sep 8, 2012 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal super middleweight titles
25 Win 25–0 United Kingdom Carl Froch UD 12 Dec 17, 2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) super middleweight title;
Won WBC, vacant The Ring and lineal super middleweight titles;
Super Six World Boxing Classic: final
24 Win 24–0 Germany Arthur Abraham UD 12 May 14, 2011 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) super middleweight title;
Super Six World Boxing Classic: semi-final
23 Win 23–0 File:Flag of Cameroon.svg Sakio Bika UD 12 Nov 27, 2010 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) super middleweight title
22 Win 22–0 United States Allan Green UD 12 Jun 19, 2010 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Super) super middleweight title;
Super Six World Boxing Classic: group stage 2
21 Win 21–0 File:Flag of Denmark.svg Mikkel Kessler TD 11 (12), 1:42 Nov 21, 2009 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, U.S. Won WBA (Super) super middleweight title;
Super Six World Boxing Classic: group stage 1;
Unanimous TD after Kessler was cut from accidental head clashes
20 Win 20–0 United States Shelby Pudwill TKO 3 (10), 2:16 Sep 12, 2009 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
20 Win 19–0 File:Flag of Colombia.svg Edison Miranda UD 12 May 16, 2009 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, U.S. Retained NABF and WBO–NABO super middleweight titles
18 Win 18–0 United States Henry Buchanan UD 12 Feb 6, 2009 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, U.S. Won WBO–NABO super middleweight title;
Won vacant NABF super middleweight title
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Esteban Camou TKO 3 (10), 2:46 Dec 13, 2008 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Jerson Ravelo TKO 8 (12), 2:37 Jun 20, 2008 Template:Country data CAY Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, George Town, Cayman Islands Won vacant WBONABO super middleweight title
15 Win 15–0 United States Rubin Williams TKO 7 (10), 2:51 Mar 20, 2008 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Roger Cantrell TKO 5 (10), 1:56 Nov 16, 2007 Template:Country data LCA Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
13 Win 13–0 United States Francisco Diaz TKO 3 (8), 2:59 Jul 14, 2007 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Dhafir Smith TKO 6 (8), 2:47 May 17, 2007 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Template:Country data HAI Julio Jean TKO 3 (8), 2:04 Mar 29, 2007 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Derrick Findley UD 6 Nov 16, 2006 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Andy Kolle RTD 6 (8), 3:00 Apr 29, 2006 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Kendall Gould UD 6 Feb 23, 2006 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Darnell Boone UD 6 Nov 19, 2005 United States Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Glenn LaPlante KO 1 (6), 2:59 Oct 1, 2005 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Christopher Holt RTD 3 (6), 3:00 Aug 18, 2005 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Ben Aragon TKO 3 (6), 0:59 Jun 18, 2005 United States FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Roy Ashworth DQ 3 (6), 2:56 Apr 7, 2005 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S. Ashworth disqualified for hitting on the break
2 Win 2–0 United States Kenny Kost UD 6 Feb 10, 2005 United States Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Chris Molina TKO 2 (4), 0:40 Dec 18, 2004 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Professional debut

Titles in boxing[]

Major World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Special Titles:

Personal life[]

Born in San Francisco, California, Ward currently lives in Dublin, CA and trains in Oakland, CA. He has three sons and a daughter.

Andre Ward made an appearance in the 2008 documentary, Beyond the Ropes.[12]

Connection to Victor Conte[]

On December 4, the LA Times ran a story connecting Andre Ward with former convicted doping provider Victor Conte. Andre Ward was quoted saying:

"Victor, I like you man, but don't go down that road with me," Ward said he told Conte. "Victor's a brilliant guy when it comes to this stuff (sports science), but I was still going to be watchful. I did my due diligence. I read all the labels. And I feel he deserves to be forgiven."


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Preceded by
Mikkel Kessler
WBA Super Middleweight Champion
Super Champion

November 21, 2009 – present
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
Preceded by
Sergio Gabriel Martinez
BWAA Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Nonito Donaire
The Ring Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Marquez