Andre Ward: You Have To Respect This Boxer
Who Would Win?
Who would win a matchup between Andre Ward and Gennady Golovkin?
Olympic Gold Medalist
Andre Ward had an amateur record of 115-5 and in 2001 he became the United States Amateur Middleweight Champion. In 2002, Ward captured the under 19 National Championship. One year later Ward won the United States Smateur Light Heavyweight Championship. And of course in 2004 Ward won the light heavyweight gold medal at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Andre Ward has not lost a boxing match since he was 11 years old and he seems to be improving with each and every bout.
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Super Middleweight Champion
Andre Ward scored a TKO over Mikkel Kessler to win the super middleweight championship and he has so far defended the title six times winning each bout with relative ease. After beating Kessler for the crown he has since beaten Allen Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson and Edwin Rodriguez in defenses of his crown.
Ward has an awesome skill set featuring a great defense that is second only to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. His timing, judging of distance, feints and combination punching are tremendous as well. The only thing Ward is missing is punching power but after seeing him demolish Chad Dawson maybe his power is their after all.
Andre Ward Won the 168 pound crown and made six defenses but three of those seven bouts stand out. Andre Ward won nearly every second of every round to beat Mikkel Kessler and then he won almost every round against Carl Froch. And of course the easy dismantling of Chad Dawson. He is only 29 years old and stunningly he seems to actually still be improving on offense. He makes easy work of his opponents because of his offensive and especially his defensive skills but also, his stamina has proven to be no problem at all.
S.O.G. Andre Ward has a chance to become the best Super Middleweight Champion in history of this division in a couple more years but he will probably move to light heavyweight eventually and challenge those champions for their titles.
Andre Ward Knocks Out Chad Dawson
Andre Ward vs. Carl "The Cobra" Froch
Skills To Pay The Bills
Andre Ward has never ducked any challenges which is why he won the Ring's Fighter of the Year award for 2011. He has shown great conditioning, the ability to take a punch and so forth in a match but it's his ability to land shots on his opponents at a high connect rate and make his opponents constantly miss that makes him a great fighter. He is already universally recognized as the number two best fighter in the world pound for pound. Offensively and defensively he is hard to deal with.
Andre Ward's Best Victories
Highlights of Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson
The Virgil Hunter Influence
Virgil Hunter has been with Andre since the beginning and he is still here. He knows his fighter and he is a great trainer without a doubt. He is the calmest trainer I have seen in the corner working a bout since the great Eddie Futch.
Background on Andre "S.O.G." Ward
Andre Ward was born February 23, 1984 in San Francisco, California. He is 6' feet tall and he has a 71 inch wingspan. He currently holds a boxing record of 29 wins, no losses and 14 of those wins coming by way of knockout. He is the last American to win an Olympic gold medal.
Ward has been the Super Middleweight Champion of the world since November 21, 2009. He also is a commentator alongside Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman when he is not fighting. He fights on HBO and he commentates bouts on HBO. Ward used to fight for Showtime originally before defecting to HBO and bigger and better things. Their is no boxer in the foreseeable future that is near Ward's weight division that is on his level. Hopefully in the near future we fans will get to see Andre Ward faceoff with current middleweight champion, Gennady Golovkin.
Andre Ward Career Highlights
S.O.G. vs. The Viking Warrior
How Good Is Andre Ward?
Andre Ward is good enough that all of his fights look easy and he always wins by shut out. Think about it: Chad Dawson had just beat Bernard Hopkins and was on Ring magazine and Espn.com's pound for pound top ten when Ward embarrassed and knocked him out. What about Carl Froch who was and is again on most pound for pound lists. Ward won at least ten out of the twelve rounds in their bout realistically. And Mikkell Kessler, Sakio Bika and Arthur Abraham looked foolish and rarely even landed a solid punch. Although Ward has had setbacks namely his inactivity. Andre Ward turns bouts into sparring sessions in way very similar to the way Floyd Mayweather Jr. did. Hit and not get hit is the name of the game and in that regard Ward is an absolute king.
Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch Highlights
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