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WBC Prez Seriously Doubts Andre Ward Will Attempt Return

By Luke Furman

Last week, former unified super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) sent the internet on fire when he posted a few messages to Twitter.

The first tweet, was Ward discussing that he's bulked up - "Weighed in last night at 199 lbs. All muscle I promise!! I been working," Ward stated.

And then a moment later Ward posted another tweet, letting his followers know that he's working on something 'special.'

"We're working on something special," Ward posted.

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Ward, 33 years old, retired from boxing last year, a few months after gaining a stoppage win over Sergey Kovalev in their June rematch to retain the WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight titles.

Prior to his retirement, Ward and his trainer, Virgil Hunter, had discussed the wild possibility of making a move to the heavyweight division to pursue a world title.

Obviously his tweets created a firestorm of speculation that comeback was looming, at the heavyweight level.

But the head of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Mauricio Sulaiman is not buying it.

He doesn't expect Ward to fight at heavyweight or any other weight. The WBC prez expects Ward to remain retired.

"I doubt it, I do not think it will happen," Sulaiman said, answering a question about the possibility of Ward resuming his career.

With Ward retiring from the sport, Sulaiman believes his organization has the best boxer at 175-pounds - WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stephenson.

The 40 year old Canadian puncher will defend his title in a very tough fight against Badou Jack on May 19.

Although Stevenson is old by boxing standards, Sulaiman believes the Canadian star has several years left.

"Adonis is a great champion, he is very strong, very stable. Yes, recently he's had very few fights, but it's not his fault. The fight with Badu Jack will be good, and Adonis has a long career ahead of him," Sulaiman said.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DramaShow on 02-03-2018

He'll be back, like an old smell that you thought you'd got rid of

Comment by My Low Place on 02-03-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18455029]Ward was never a crowd-pleaser, nor was he a sh*t-talker, so he didn't sell in America! I think Spence Jr. and Crawford will have the same problem, even though I find both very pleasing! Anyway, AJ sells in the UK,…

Comment by TheThirdEye on 02-02-2018

Ward momentum is practically off. I mean, Andre realised how fans easely forgot him, like he was some type of bad dream. Mohammed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Hearn, Hagler, Chavez, Mayweather, etc... they all stood relevant in boxing fans minds.…

Comment by millcitymauler on 02-02-2018

[QUOTE=My Low Place;18454879]to-may-to....ta-my-to prima donna....pre modonna i was actually expecting some one to do this then on the flip side if i put prima donna i still expected this[/QUOTE]you have to admit, it was a little funny...

Comment by Bronx2245 on 02-02-2018

[QUOTE=My Low Place;18454867]if ward was a roy jones jr, american boxing would have never needed adrien broner but ward was such a bore and pre-madonna that adrien broner got called Lil Bro, and was made the next floyd mayweather... ward…

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