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Andre Ward: I Wouldn't Announce Retirement if I Didn't Mean It

By Radio Rahim

Former two-division world champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs), 33-years-old, advised BoxingScene.com that at the moment he doesn't have any intention of returning to the ring.

Last year, Ward announced his retirement from the sport a few months after scoring a stoppage win in his rematch with Sergey Kovalev.

Ward vacated his WBO, WBA, IBF light heavyweight titles and walked away from the sport, at least as an active fighter.

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These days, Ward has been focusing on other boxing related ventures - like his expert commentary for HBO Sports and his duties as a manger for up and coming fighters like Shakur Stevenson.

A few weeks ago, rumors of a comeback ran wild after Ward revealed that he was bulking up and his weight had suggested that the undefeated boxer had added some muscle mass. Ward has often discussed the idea of taking a fight in the heavyweight division, and prior to his retirement his team was in talks for a potential cruiserweight fight with Tony Bellew.

At the moment, Ward is not considered a return to the ring.

"I never said anything about the heavyweight division, I jut put my weight out there. People ask for transparency from me, so when I give them a little glimpse into my life sometimes and people can run with things. I'm a sincere person, and the people who know me - know that I'm not going to announce my retirement, say the things that I said, if I didn't mean it," Ward told BoxingScene.com.

"But at the end of the day, this has been my baby for 23 years, my body is used to getting back to work right now. It hasn't even been a year, its been like 5 months [since I retired]. I'm gonna stay ready and I'm gonna keep myself at a certain level of readiness, but I have no plans on coming back. I do have some extra weight on me, but it's good weight and it's not fat. I'm working, I'm challenging myself and building up - but I have no immediate plans."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by iamboxing on 02-26-2018

I like his commentating, he should stick to that

Comment by Freedef on 02-26-2018

He talking in interviews like "You never know what will happen" "Dont know God's plans with me" "Everything can happen" and then he talking this ffs

Comment by JULIEN44 on 02-26-2018

You just flee because you knew that gifted home decisions could not be given anymore... You ducked Beterbiev, Dvozdyk, Bivol and Kovalev rematch in a fair country (not us of course) You are just an reflection of a part of…

Comment by BoxngLove on 02-25-2018

Every time a fighter comes out of retirement, God kills a kitten.

Comment by twosweethooks on 02-25-2018

We will see Ward again when the right fighter he can whip comes in view

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