Andre Ward Admits Itch To Return Comes, Then Evaporates

In 2017, former two division world champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs), 34 years old, announced his retirement from the sport.

Ward's last fight came in June of last year, when he picked up an eight round stoppage of Sergey Kovalev to retain the IBF, WBA, WBO light heavyweight world titles.

There was the possibility of a fight last fall, with former WBC cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew.

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After his recent knockout victory over David Haye, Bellew pressed for a showdown with Ward.

There was a lot of money on the table, but Ward's wouldn't bite.

Instead, Ward is taking part in the upcoming season of 'The Contender' reality show.

The contestants were recently announced. Ward is one of the hosts of the show. Ward has been training with the fighters involved with the program and he's even sparred with some of them.

“[The itch to return comes around] but then all of a sudden that desire to come back somehow just disappears, it just evaporates. Being in there with them gives you the hunger and reminds you why you want to keep going. But it also reminds you and it reminded me of why I retired,” Ward said to Boxing News.

“I genuinely love the sport. I just wasn’t in the sport to make money and become famous. Those things were really secondary. I genuinely loved the craft, I loved the sport and even more so I loved the people that are associated with the sport. I care about the fighters because I was once was a fighter. And that’s still hard to say. But it’s a fact. I’m a former fighter and I know what these guys are going through. They’re looking for an opportunity, they’re looking for a shot.”

These days, Ward is focusing on commentating for ESPN and HBO, and managing fighters like Olympic silver medal winner Shakur Stevenson.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jdp28tx on 07-04-2018

[QUOTE=larryxxx..;18912467]do you have 20 million? are you a 2 division champion?? you have a Gold medal in your house?[/QUOTE] Yes, yes, and yes.

Comment by Bad_Guy on 07-03-2018

Only place we'll be seeing Ward fight again is in Creed 2.

Comment by nacho daddy on 07-03-2018

[QUOTE=jdp28tx;18911426]Peasant peon? Stop sir you are hurting my feelings! You are worth what the public is willing to pay to see you. If the promoter has to go into the red to pay a fighter because they refuse to fight…

Comment by boliodogs on 07-03-2018

If he did come back at 175 I think Bivol would beat him. They have a common opponent in Barrera. I doubt he comes back. He has good jobs as a commentator for HBO and ESPN.

Comment by larryxxx.. on 07-03-2018

[QUOTE=jdp28tx;18911397]The money he was was paid for those fights is what basically ran Jay Z out of the boxing business. As I recall J Z was forced to pay Ward more than the Kov fights were worth or Ward would…

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