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Andre Ward Hints On Retirement

Andre Ward is considering calling it a career.

After his monumental victory over Sergey Kovalev, the 32 year old Ward says that he's pretty much accomplished eveything in the sport and that he feels he has nothing more to prove. In an interview with Rolling Stone, S.O.G talked about the possibility of retirement:

"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. It's not about the money anymore, it's just because god has blessed me to still have the ability to do it and I still love it. I just really got to take my time right now and make sure that every decision that I make and every fight that I take is the right situation because if it's not, I don't know if it makes sense to continue on."

In November 2016, Ward rallied from a second round knockdown to dethrone the long-time unified light heavyweight champion Kovalev via a razor thin unanimous decision. Ward won 114-113 across all judges' scorecards, although many ( especially media people ) who scored the bout thought the Krusher won. But despite what others call controversy, Ward honestly believes he won fair and square. Added Ward:

"No question I won the fight. If a person thought I lost the fight, god bless you, that's your opinion, we can agree to disagree. No big deal. But anybody crying robbery or attacking the judges or the Nevada State Athletic Commission, they've officially gone too far. That's not the first tight fight or close fight that's taken place in the history of boxing. They happen, especially when the best fight the best."

As for Kovalev, Ward says he expected more from the Krusher but found out he didn't have an 'extra gear':

"I'm going to be honest, and this is taking nothing away from Kovalev because in my book he's always going to be a champion, but I expected more from him in the ring. When you hear about the invincible character that the media has portrayed, I expected more. I expected to see 'The Krusher' when it got tough in that fight and I didn't see 'The Krusher,' I didn't see that next gear that he had. I saw a fighter that's used to being the frontrunner, I saw a fighter that's used to having things his way and when it didn't work out like that he couldn't match the intensity. I obviously didn't appreciate the excuses and everything that were made after the fight, so I expected more from him."

With Ward feeling satisfied not only with his performance over Kovalev but with what he's accomplished in more than a decade of professional boxing, he may be losing the appetite to fight again. But he isn't closing the door just yet. He says the next few months will be crucial:

"I've got to make some tough decisions over the next couple of months. Boxing isn't a sport to play with. I've obviously been doing this for a long time and it just has to make sense. I think just collectively getting my team's opinion and spend my time praying and talking to my wife. We'll make the right decision."

Whether that right decision will be to fight again or to hang up his gloves for good remains to be seen. We'll see. But if the Kovalev was the last we saw of Andre Ward inside the ring, it was a bitter-sweet goodbye. But yeah, we'll see.

 

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