Andre Ward has retired from professional boxing at the age of 33.
The shocking news hit combat sports fans hard earlier today after Ward, who was recognized as the P4P top ranked boxer in the world, released the following statement entitled ‘Mission Accomplished’ on his website:
To the sport of boxing – I love you. You’ve been by my side since I was 10-years-old. You’ve taught me so much. You’ve humbled me. You’ve promoted me. I’ve sacrificed a lot for you, but you’ve given me more than I ever thought possible. You gave me a platform, made me a champion and helped me provide for my family. I am forever grateful to you. You and I will always be synonymous, connected at the hip. Thank you for all the wonderful people I’ve come in contact with because of you. I’ve made friends for life. As I walk away from the sport of boxing today, I leave at the top of your glorious mountain, which was always my vision and my dream. I did it. We did it.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey. You know who you are. I could not have done this without you. I want to be clear – I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there. If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the Glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have.
The two weight world champion leaves the sport with a professional record of 32-0 with 16 KOs. Ward made major headlines during his time Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, a tournament that would span 2-years. Ward would go on to defeat Carl Froch in the finals of the tournament and would add the WBC, The Ring and lineal super middleweight titles to his trophy case.
With Ward hanging up his gloves and exiting stage left, the undefeated Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) now takes over the top spot as the sports P4P king.
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