Andre Ward's Family Stands Behind His Dedicated Craft

OAKLAND, Calif. - The wife of boxing champion Andre Ward says it's no problem when their three young children show up at ringside to watch their dad work.

Tiffiney Ward will likely be down in front row again with her brood, ages 10, 8 and 2, when their father fights Britain's Carl Froch for the Super Six World Boxing Classic title Dec. 17 in Atlantic City.

She told the Oakland Tribune the children take their dad's unusual and violent occupation in stride.

"They've kind of been raised with this," she said. "There was a time Andre got cut, and the boys were crying, but he winked at us to let us know he was fine."

Ward's 27-0 record means Andre Jr., 10, Malachi, 8, and Amira, 2, have never had to see their old man flat on his back or otherwise worked over too badly.

The worst part so far, Tiffiney said, was the weeks immediately ahead of a fight when her husband checks into training camp and only keeps in touch by Skype.

"I cry every time he leaves," she said.

Ward's training camp is seven or eight weeks of at King's Gym in Oakland.

"Boxing is a lonely sport," Ward said. "(Camp) is the absolute worst part of what I do, because I don't like leaving my family. I'll be honest, it puts you in a certain mindset for a fight. I'll be ready to go to war. That's part of it."

Ward currently is the WBA super middleweight champion. A win on the 17th would also make him the WBC's champion and winner of Showtime's Super Six tournament.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CAMPER on 12-06-2011

Uhhh yeah, cuz they probably don't have to work anymore haha!

Comment by Check_hooks on 12-06-2011

First of all P4P people don't pull out of fights by getting a cut with head gear and pillows on And second he won't be pound for pound after Froch beats his ass. And Froch is coming to his home…

Comment by EdMon917 on 12-06-2011

He will be P4P no. 2 after Donaire once Pacquiao and Mayweather retire.

Comment by athletic on 12-06-2011

Ward's family can stand him behind him all they want it doesn't matter it's only a matter of time until the feather fisted Ward goes down. Ward has no chin once he gets hit with power shots he will go…

Comment by niceyboo3 on 12-06-2011

[QUOTE=puga;11523173]wow, his family stands behind him, what a[/QUOTE] You would be surprised of how many family members there are that don't give a crap about daddies in this world. Thankfully, I have a loving one. You should investigate. You…

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