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Andre Ward Relinquishes The WBC Emeritus Title

By Andre Ward

After careful thought and consideration with my family and team, I have decided to relinquish my WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Title.  As has been recently reported, the WBC elected to strip me of my world title belt, making the upcoming bout between Sakio Bika and Marco Antonio Periban for the vacant Super Middleweight Title.  After consultation with my manager James Prince and attorney Josh Dubin, it is my belief that the WBC did not have the right to strip me of my World Title and name me Champion Emeritus.  We voiced our position to the WBC, and after several discussions, have agreed to disagree with their interpretation of the facts and rules.  In our opinion, we feel strongly that I did not violate the rules in any manner whatsoever.

When I fought Chad Dawson, there was no mandatory contender.  Subsequent to my victory, I injured my shoulder but have remained ready, willing and able todefend my title within the period specified by the WBC’s rules.  Nonetheless, without what we feel was appropriate due process, the WBC elected to strip me of my World Title.  I think my track record in fighting the best opponents available speaks for itself.  I worked extremely hard and dedicated my entire career to win and defend my WBC belt.  As a matter of principle, I have chosen to stand up for what I believe is right.  I think the fans know and appreciate that I am the Super Middleweight Champion of the World, and I trust that I will continue to be recognized assuch. I am back in training again, feeling great, and excited about my return to the ring

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ravens Fan on 05-21-2013

[QUOTE=New England;13400289]kessler initiated a lot of the clinches in the ward fight himself, if memory serves right, especially toward the end. to be fair he was having trouble seeing, but he did plenty of holding. i didn't think the headbutts…

Comment by BattlingNelson on 05-21-2013

[QUOTE=New England;13400289]kessler initiated a lot of the clinches in the ward fight himself, if memory serves right, especially toward the end. to be fair he was having trouble seeing, but he did plenty of holding. i didn't think the headbutts…

Comment by yoz on 05-21-2013

There's no way the butts on Kessler were unintentional. Not a chance. They were planned. I like Ward, and i'm sure he could have outboxed Kessler without resorting to dirty tactics, but that fight still doesn't sit comfortably. IMO, Ward…

Comment by richardt on 05-21-2013

To me, Ward has fought the very best and I don't care if it is 2 doors down from his current address or in bumfuked Egypt as long as he fights the best and was not given a hometown decision…

Comment by New England on 05-21-2013

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;13400229]IMO Ward beats Froch anywhere on the planet. He beat him once despite a broken hand. The scores in that fight did not, IMO, reveal the real story. Ward won easy. However given the closeness of the scores, then it's…

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