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Andre Ward Represents All That Is Right About Boxing

Hardly anyone has noticed that Ward, who is ranked among the Top-10 Pound-for-Pound boxers in the sport, will be defending his title on Saturday night. That’s a shame because Ward is a fantastic boxer. They don’t hand out Olympic gold medals in boxing for just showing up. And he is grounded by his Christian faith and his love of his family.

Andre Ward takes on Arthur Abraham in Super Six semifinals
 at Home Depot Center in California.
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty

In short Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) is everything that is right about boxing. But unless you’re punching out parking lot attendants or demeaning your opponent, you don’t make headlines in boxing.

Ward understands that he is fighting in a different era and notoriety is no longer based on what you do in the ring.

“Sugar Ray Leonard came from a totally different time. Fighting on the network that he fought on, having Howard Cosell, it was just a totally different ballgame,” Ward said. “Oscar De La Hoya had the Hispanic community and different things like that, so you have to look at those situations because I’m in a different time. It might be a little bit harder to get the exposure and the just due.”

“At the end of the day, the way my father raised me was to put my nose down to the grindstone and keep working and allow God to open those doors in due season. So I’ve never begged for it and I’ve never demanded it. I just have to understand that I have to keep working and it will come.”

Source: NY Daily News

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