Boxing News: Andre Ward Hinting At Possible Retirement
Undefeated world light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward has dropped hints about possibly hanging up his gloves for good.
"S.O.G" last saw action on November 19th against hard-hitting Russian boxing sensation Sergey Kovalev. Ward won via unanimous decision, and bagged the WBO, WBA, and IBF 175-pound belts in the process.
Despite the win, many have argued that the decision should have gone Kovalev's way. According to Kovalev's promoter Kathy Duva, a rematch should be in order, since she believes Ward merely clinched his way through the fight.
"It wasn't the kind of fight where the rounds were tough to score unless you're a UFC judge and you were scoring points for the wrestling. The wrestling was abominable, it was abhorrent and the referee did nothing about it and I'm really upset about that," Duva told Fight Hub TV in a late-November interview.
But for his part, Ward was expectedly satisfied with his performance against Kovalev. With the win, he was able to keep an unblemished win-loss record of 31-0, with 15 wins by knockout. Along with a gold medal during the the 2004 Olympics, Ward believes he no longer has anything to prove in the sport.
"I really just got to take my time right now because I really don't have to fight anymore. I've accomplished pretty much everything that I've wanted to accomplish," Ward told Rolling Stone (via Boxingscene.com).
Ward adds that his decision to leave the sport has not yet been made final, as he still intends to consult with his team and his family. But as far as the possible rematch against Kovalev goes, Ward says it will only be for the sole intent to prove that he legitimately won their first encounter.
"If we did the rematch it would be more just to silence Kovalev and silence his team and to just put a stamp on the rivalry we had," Ward said.
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