Andre Ward (born February 23, 1984)
is an American professional boxer. He is a former WBC, WBA (Super),
lineal, and The Ring magazine super middleweight champion.
an amateur, Ward won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Upon
turning professional later that year, he won his first world title
in 2009. Ward is ranked the #4 pound for pound boxer in the world
by Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and The Ring. In 2011,
The Ring named him the Fighter of the Year.
born in Oakland, California, the son of Frank Ward, an Irish American,
and Madeline Arvie Taylor, an African American. Andre's paternal grandparents
were Harold Ward and Florence B. Ward. 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.
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.
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
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.
faced Jerson Ravelo on June 20, 2008, in Georgetown, Cayman Islands,
for the vacant regional NABO super middleweight title. Ward dominated
Ravelo for most of the fight en route to a TKO victory in the eighth
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
Ward vs Kessler
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.