Andre Ward has decided to hang up the gloves, saying his desire to fight is gone

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Andre Ward, the reigning light heavyweight champion of the world and former super middleweight champion of the world, has announced his retirement from boxing.

Ward, 33, made the following statement on his official web site:

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.

 

Ward’s decision to retire young is surprising, but not a total shock. He’s been very savvy about his career since winning the Super Six World Boxing Classic and establishing himself as the top 168-pound fighter in the game, and there was always talk that he planned to walk away before boxing got the best of him physically.