Andre Ward retires from boxing at 33
Two division boxing champion, and pound-for-pound great, Andre Ward as retired from boxing.
Ward shocked the boxing world Thursday morning with the announcement on his social media.
The Olympic gold medalist penned his good-bye to boxing, Mission Accomplished, on his website.
To the sport of boxing – I love you. You’ve been by my side since I was 10-years-old. You’ve taught me so much. You’ve humbled me. You’ve promoted me. I’ve sacrificed a lot for you, but you’ve given me more than I ever thought possible. You gave me a platform, made me a champion and helped me provide for my family. I am forever grateful to you. You and I will always be synonymous, connected at the hip. Thank you for all the wonderful people I’ve come in contact with because of you. I’ve made friends for life. As I walk away from the sport of boxing today, I leave at the top of your glorious mountain, which was always my vision and my dream. I did it. We did it.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey. You know who you are. I could not have done this without you. I want to be clear – I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there. If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the Glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have.
Retiring with a perfect 32-0 professional record, with 16 knockouts, Ward has taken part in some of the most legendary fights in boxing history.
Andre Ward made his acting debut in the Rocky continuation, Creed, in 2015. Over the years, he has also established his own management company for fighters.