Just a few hours ago the combat sports world was dealt a huge suprise as boxing world champ Andre Ward has announced his retirement from the sport. Ward last fought in June against Segey Kovalev, who he defeated by technical knockout in the eight round. He retires with an unblemished 32-0 record with sixteen victories coming by way of knockout. He’s also known for being a big supporter of UFC stars Nick and Nate Diaz, and has trained with them for many years now.
In a prepared statement, Andre broke the news of his exit from the sport via 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.”-