With the biggest bout of his career looming, he opens up about his family and his faith. A ndre Ward, perhaps the best prizefighter in the world, inherited the mantle from a line of leading men. While others sought the limelight, he resisted it, closely guarding his privacy and a family story that could rival any of his predecessors for pathos.
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After recovering from being knocked down in the second round of the first meeting Nov. This time leave the excuses at home. Ward sat down with The Undefeated last month to talk about the state of boxing, Kovalev I and II, his career, life growing up as the son of a white father and black mother, Christianity, his friend and ex-NFL player Marshawn Lynch, and whether he influenced Kevin Durant to go to the Golden State Warriors. What do you think of the state of pro boxing today, and is it going in the right direction? Boxing is a pastime. I would like to see the sport more in the mainstream where the average sports fan gets an opportunity to see young fighters come up, contenders, maybe champions … like they used to. He was a household name when he touched down back in the States because people watched. It was on television. It was shown prime-time. I would say that just from a pure popularity standpoint, and just trying to further the sport and push it, you need to know the mainstream, continue to try to make great matchups.
Andre Michael Ward born February 23, is an American former professional boxer who competed from to As an amateur , Ward won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the Olympics and turned professional later that year. In , Ward defeated WBC champion Carl Froch in the tournament final to unify the titles, as well as winning the vacant Ring and lineal titles. He later won The Ring' s Comeback of the Year award in following a long period of sporadic in-ring activity between and Karate School of the Arts,  a boxing gym in Hayward, California, when he was nine years old. After his parents fell to drug abuse, Ward was looked after by his godfather, Virgil Hunter, who became his trainer and remained his trainer for the length of his career. Ward started boxing in In , he won the Under 19 National Championship and was also a two time U. National Champion in and at middleweight.