Andre Ward

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by robert ungurean, Apr 29, 2021.

  1. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    Ward seems to conjure up either positive or negative responses. Not much grey area.
    Any thoughts or opinions of him as a fighter and a man?
  2. SheenLantern

    SheenLantern Active Member Full Member

    Jan 13, 2016
  3. surfinghb

    surfinghb Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 26, 2017
    Don't recall really seeing Andre Ward threads over the past few years here, or hearing his name being mentioned that much at all .... I'll just say I think there's a reason for it
  4. Bronze Tiger

    Bronze Tiger Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jun 23, 2018
    I’m a fan actually...He was an excellent fighter...and an even better person outside of the ring
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  5. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Dec 20, 2006
    He was great! Brilliant fighter that some seem to dislike but the man could fight
  6. ChrisJS

    ChrisJS Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 11, 2018
    Seems to be a thoroughly decent man, even though a bit of a diva with certain things here and there with regards to when he was fighting. As a fighter he was a total bore, ugly to watch. He was in his 20s fighting like the late 40s version of Hopkins. Bent all the rules, but was a smart fighter.

    Not a great IMO but one of the better fighters of the last 10-15 years.
  7. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 22, 2015
    I think he was a helluva fighter.
    Very smart, he just knew what he was doing in a boxing ring.
    He was one of those fighters who never seemed that stressed in there.
    Definitely under appreciated.
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  8. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Andre Bored ...

    I like MMA. I like boxing.

    But when you have boxing with MMA except that you can grab hold of a guy but not actually submit him, it becomes awful.
  9. surfinghb

    surfinghb Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 26, 2017
    Would have loved to see Ward vs Bummy Davis ... thats my new all time fantasy fight come to think of it ... Bummy would be giving up 25 pounds but my money would be on him .. kick to the balls for the KO .. or the left hook ... take your pic
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  10. dmt

    dmt Hardest hitting hw ever Full Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    Its hard to rank a guy who's peak came at super middle. Generally, 168 has been a division guys used as a stepping stone to get to 175;

    I can't rank him at 175. He has two "wins" against Kovalev. He lost the first and won the second in my book. I can't see a case for him being a top 30 all time light heavy.

    In terms of skill, i like slick boxers. But Ward's holding and clinching was too over the top.

    Still, he was skilled, had good power, and had a great run at 168. At 168, he is all time top 3,
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  11. Kamikaze

    Kamikaze Stud Pony Full Member

    Oct 12, 2020
    Andre was a very adaptive schooled fighter with an ever growing arsenal from day one, He worked with what he had to his full extent.
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  12. Man_Machine

    Man_Machine Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Ward was a smart, adaptable/versatile campaigner, but I never bought into the 'technical genius' spiel that a few fans attempted to propagate.
  13. fists of fury

    fists of fury Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 25, 2006
    Very good fighter, seems like a decent guy.
    Totally uninspiring to watch.
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  14. dinovelvet

    dinovelvet Antifanboi Full Member

    Jul 21, 2012
    Ward wasn't a holder, he was a roughhouse inside fighter. There's a difference.
    Holders hold because they can't box in close. Not the case for Ward who was a great inside fighter.
  15. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    I rate him pretty high to be honest. I would favor him over BHop at 175 and probably have him tops @ 168. I do think Kov shaded him in the first fight but he utterly destroyed Kov as he was never ever the same again. Very smart fighter who new how to properly utilize his tools. I enjoy watching his training vids as he really knew his stuff. I think he could have hung with anyone at 175 TBH
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