Andre Ward (8-0, 15 KO’s), is vacating is WBA Middleweight title in order to move up to the light heavyweight division. Ward had won the title against Mikkel Kessler back in 2009 in his opening fight of the Super Six tournament.
Ward had defended his title sic times against Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson and Edwin Rodriguez.
“I won the WBA belt for my first world title in 2009 and have defended it six times and it’s been a wonderful ride with the WBA,” Ward said. “Gilberto Mendoza and his team have shown me nothing but respect and I’m looking forward to moving up and hopefully winning the WBA light heavyweight belt.”
WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. has nothing but praise for Ward.
“Andre Ward has been one of the finest champions in the WBA super middleweight division’s history. We have always been honored to be represented by such a great athlete, gentleman and incredible role model. We wish him the best success in the future and hope we can facilitate the path to him becoming a two-division world champion at light heavyweight.”
Not only is Ward a world champion boxer, but he is also a prized Olympian. With an outstanding amateur career, Ward also has a gold medal from the 2004 Olympics to his name. Ward is up there with Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya as being one of the only American male boxers to take a gold medal home.
Ward’s professional career started on December 18, 2004. With the fight being broadcast on HBO, he had scored a second-round TKO against Chris Molina in the Staples Center. Since then, Ward has 27 more victories to his resume and, all the while, making himself known to boxing fans everywhere. Ward was listed as #2 on pound-for-pound lists and even won the 2011 Fighter of the Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America).
Eventually, Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports, which is owned by Jay-Z, in January 2015.
Ward, who hails from the Bay Area, returned back into the ring on June 20, 2015 to his hometown in Oakland, CA, officially under Roc Nation. He won the fight with a ninth-round knockout over Paul Smith.
Ward has had an unbeaten record which even dates back to his amateur career in which he started when he was 13-years old.
But now, Ward has ventured into other things besides boxing: A movie career.
Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, who are also from the Bay Area, personally reached out to Ward for both a role and his boxing expertise on their upcoming film, Creed. Jordan has even trained at Ward’s home gym to prepare himself for the roll of Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed.
The movie will be released on November 25, 2015