Born: San Francisco, California, USA
Andre Michael Ward (born February 23, 1984) is an American professional boxer. He is a two-weight world champion, and has been ranked as the worlds best boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring magazine and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) since March 2017. He is also ranked as the worlds best light heavyweight by The Ring, the TBRB, and BoxRec.Ward has held the unified WBA (Undisputed), IBF, and WBO light heavyweight titles since 2016, and the Ring title since June 2017. Between 2009 and 2015 he held the unified WBA (Super), WBC, Ring, and lineal super middleweight titles. One of the most decorated world champions of the past decade, Ward has won a total of eight world titles.As an amateur, Ward won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics and turned professional later that year. He rose to worldwide prominence upon entering the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament in 2009, where he won the WBA (Super) super middleweight title from Mikkel Kessler in the opening group stage. In 2011, Ward defeated WBC champion Carl Froch in the tournament final to unify the titles, as well as winning the vacant Ring and lineal titles. That same year, Ward was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He later won The Rings Comeback of the Year award in 2016 following a long period of sporadic in-ring activity between 2012 and 2015.
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