It was the summer of 2004 and the GB amateur boxing team was in Athens with its sole participant for the Olympic Games, Amir Khan. Khan was a phenom. Born in Bolton, into a Punjabi Rajputs family, he had started fighting competitively at eleven years of age. In his junior amateur days, he had won English school and junior AIBA titles, and in 2003 won gold at the Junior Olympics in Detroit, Michigan. By the time the Athens games rolled around, he was firmly positioned to explode into the senior amateur ranks and the national consciousness.
IT was a relatively short workday for Filipino champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas at the “Battle of Brisbane” last Sunday after stopping challenger Teiru Kinoshita of Japan by technical knockout in the seventh round of their scheduled 12-rounder.
But the still IBF junior bantamweight titleholder said that had it went the full distance he was nonetheless ready.
The Marquis of Queensbury Rules for boxing were written long before Andre Ward’s parents were born. The World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association were formed long before Andre Ward was born. The ideals of “clean punching”, “effective aggression”, “ring generalship”, and “defense” were placed into the verbiage of scoring a professional boxing match long before Andre Ward laced up his first glove. Therefore the “blame” for his ability to win within the rules of the sport by which he has made his living cannot be placed on his shoulders.
IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward doesn’t rule out a fight in the future against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua , who he rates as definitely beatable as anyone when the time comes for them to face each other. Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) just finished knocking out former 175 lb. champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev in the 8th round on June 17 in their rematch in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In a surprising move, Andre “SOG” Ward has retired from boxing just 3 months after stopping former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev in an 8th round knockout on June 17.
It’s unclear what the reasons were for the 33-year-old Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) to hang up his gloves at this time, but it’s likely that lack big paying fights available to him may have something to do with his decision. Ward’s last 2 fights were against Kovalev on HBO PPV. If Ward were to continue his career, it’s possible that he would be back on non-PPV.
Unbeaten challenger Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) is a slight favorite to beat IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO) in their fight on November 19 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ward, 32, is the favorite by Bovada by the line -150 to +120 for Kovalev.
Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) defeated 39-year-old Alexander Brand (25-2, 19 KOs) in an incredibly boring 12 round unanimous decision victory on Saturday night in Ward’s tune-up fight on HBO Boxing from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The final judges’ scores were 120-108, 120-108 and 120-108.
Andre Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) put on a low blow clinic in stopping former light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs) in the 8th round on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In watching the replay of the stoppage, Kovalev said, “Low blow, again, low blow. I don’t know why they stopped the fight. I want to get another fight. I’ll kick his [expletive]. I want to get a rematch again.”
Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev both tipped the scales at 175 pounds at their weigh-in for Saturday night’s rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two fighters looked in great shape with neither of them appearing weight drained. Ward, 33, looked a little tired, but other than that, he looked in fighting shape. The two fighters had a long stare down with Ward saying something to Kovalev while smiling at him.
Sergey Kovalev wore a cap to the final press conference with the word “WAR” emblazoned across the front. Unfortunately for Kovalev, he did not appear to understand the full meaning of the word the following night in the ring with Andre Ward. As has been well documented, Ward (32-0, 16 KOs) retained his titles with an 8th round TKO victory over Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs). Unfortunately, the discussions have been more about the low blows, the ineptitude of the referee, and the quick stoppage than about the performance of Ward.
If former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) puts in another less than impressive performance in his next fight against 39-year-old Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs), it won’t be due to him not being full prepared for the fight.
If Andre Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter gets his way, Ward will be fighting for a heavyweight world title in his next fight against IBF/WBA champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs). Hunter says he sees it as a waste of time for Ward to move up to the cruiserweight division.
He thinks it’s a better idea if the 33-year-old Ward moves up 2 divisions to fight Joshua at heavyweight. Indeed, moving up one division to cruiserweight could spoil it for Ward if he’s looking to get a big payday fight against the unbeaten Anthony Joshua. Ward would have his hands full at cruiserweight against the top echelon fighters Mairis Briedis, Murat Gassiev, Denis Lebedev and Oleksandr Usyk.
Former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (35-4-1, 24 KOs) says he wants to fight Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) in his next bout. Lee, 33, also is interested in fighting one of the champions, and he’d like to fight the winner of the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. Saul Canelo Alvarez fight or the winner of the Billy Joe Saunders vs. David Lemieux fight for those titles.
Angel Garcia, the trainer/father of WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, thinks that HBO should be embarrassed that they put the fight between WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol and WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford on pay-per-view last month.
Alfredo Angulo hints that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) lacks the heart, which is why he’s chosen to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1 32 KOs) in his next fight on May 6 instead of middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs). Angulo, who lost to Canelo by a 10th round knockout in March 2014, says the reason why Chavez Jr. getting the fight is because he doesn’t have the same boxing skills as Golovkin, and that he’ll likely struggle to make the 164.5lb catch-weight fight the fight on May 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Former WBA World lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (32-6-3, 13 KOs) pounded out a 12 round unanimous decision over former 3 division world champ Ricky Burns(41-7-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night in a crossroads fight for the two of them at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Ricky Burns (41-6-1, 14 KOs) weighed in at 134.5 pounds for his fight this Saturday night against former lightweight belt holder Anthony Crolla (31-6-3, 13 KOs) for their fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Crolla weighed in at 134.9 lbs.
It was a calm weigh-in. Neither fighter tried to use intimidation tactics, nor there was zero jawing back and forth the way you sometimes see at weigh-ins between fighters that dislike each other. Burns and Crolla appear to be on friendly terms.
The heavyweight division is not stacked right now, certainly not as thick with talent as some of the lighter weight classes. Alexander Povetkin’s potential matchup with Deontay “the Bronze Bomber” Wilder was scratched due to a failed drug test; Tyson Fury’s rematch with Wladimir Klitschko was also cancelled for a failed drug test (among other issues). The first match between Fury and Klitschko, while an upset in Fury’s favor, wasn’t much to write home about. Despite these drawbacks though, there is still enough going on in the division to excite the diehard fan.
The future of heavyweight boxing appears to belong to Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs).
The 27-year-old ascendant superstar answered plenty of tough questions from Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) in the biggest fight of his career on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, earning a technical knockout victory in the 11th round to win the IBO, IBF and WBA world heavyweight titles.
Eddie Hearn has confirmed Anthony Joshua's next fight will be on November 26, 2016.
And the IBF world heavyweight champion will fight away from London's O2 Arena for the first time in five bouts.
Joshua revealed the date while at the Rio Olympics watching Joe Joyce claim silver in the super-heavyweight final and Hearn confirmed to Sky Sports on Sunday: "November 26 is the date for your diary. We are changing city. The opponent and venue will be confirmed in the next few weeks."
Joshua successfully defended his IBF heavyweight belt in June with a seventh-round stoppage win over Dominic Breazeale, after which it was confirmed he would not fight again until the end of the year.
The Watford-born heavyweight's opponent has not yet been decided but Hearn has been drawing up a list and in July he added the names of Kubrat Pulev and Joseph Parker to Bermane Stiverne, who has been training for a possible Joshua bout.
Negotiations for Joshua's mandatory title defence against Parker are also not due to start until November, but his promoter Dean Lonergan insisted in June the 24-year-old would accept a fight date that month.
Lonergan told Sky Sports: "We're ready now. If Eddie Hearn rang me up tomorrow and says we want to fight in the mandatory period, we want to fight November or December - that would be fantastic."
Parker is also being lined up to face Alexandar Dimitrenko on October 1 but his last two fights have been just eight weeks apart.
Joshua has boxed in Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool twice, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Sheffield, as well as Wembley Stadium and York Hall.
Page 2 of 43