"My body can no longer put up with the rigors:" Bay Area boxing legend Andre Ward retires

Boxing legend Andre Ward announced his retirement on Thursday, saying  his "body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport."

The 33-year-old has been boxing since he was 10. His record? A perfect 32-0, including his last fight in June against Sergey Kovalov. 

Ward was born in San Francisco and his career started when he was in elementary school at an Oakland boxing gym. He attended Hayward High School.

Read his full statement here:


MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

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.
 

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