Boxing is a passionate sport that harnesses violence and converts it into a refined game for entertainment and Andre Ward is one of the greatest boxers America has ever seen. He competed at the top of the sport from 2004 – 2017 and retired undefeated in 2017. Andre was passionate about the sport and equally successful and since we may already know about Andre Ward the American boxer, let’s find out other aspects of his life.
Andre Ward’s Bio (Age)
Andre was born to Frank Ward (Irish American) and Madeline ward (African American) on the 24th of February, 1984 in San Francisco. In school, Andre was very good in sports especially, in football which really attracted college scouts as they sought his commitment to their colleges. However, Andre already had a thing for boxing and decided to go for it.
Andre not only proved that he had the raw talents for the sport but he also did put in the required hours training. He worked so hard that he began to even hold his own fights against some of the teenage boxers of the King’s gym but unfortunately it was not enough to grant him victory in his amateur match at the age of 10. The loss broke young Andre’s heart but he didn’t let it weigh him down. Instead, he used that stumbling block as a stepping stone; he used the rage and disappointment as a drive to work even harder.
Soon enough, a rematch was scheduled and Ward made sure he demolished his opponent. In his teenage years, he was making a name for himself with his lightning-fast punches and his determination to take down even bigger opponents. At 16, Andre was already the American champion of his weight class. Statistics show that in 110 matches he won 105 and lost 5. He eventually dropped out of school before senior year to pursue his boxing career.
He started boxing in 1994 and won over 90 amateur matches. In 2002, he won the under 19 national championships. In 2001 and 2003, he won the U.S championship. He made his pro debut in 2004 against Christopher Malina. Since then he has participated in 32 matches and has a record of 32 wins.
In 2017, Andre announced that he would be retiring from the MBA at the age of 33. Andrea says that the vigor’s of the sport was beginning to overwhelm his body and he couldn’t take it anymore.
Reading about Andre, the mental picture painted in our minds is a very successful boxer with a happy family and that is what it is. Andre Ward has a net worth of $8 million, much of which was amassed during his impressive career.
Considering the titles that he has accumulated for himself, being ranked the number one pound for pound fighter in the world, he is surely deserving of every penny.
Over a stellar career, he has been the unified light heavyweight world champion and two-time super middleweight world champion. He was also the fighter of the year in 2011. Andrea himself says he hasn’t lost a match since he was 13.
Andre Ward is happily married to Tiffany Ward and they have four children. Three sons namely Andre Jr, Malachi, and Micah. He also has a daughter named Amira.
Andre was born to Madeline Ervy Taylor and an amateur boxer Frank Ward who was a huge influence on his career. Andre fell in love with the boxing when he was just nine years old. His dad had taken him to a boxing gym in Hayward, California (Frank ward, as of then, was a top amateur boxer with an impressive record of 15-0). Frank noticed the strong fighting spirit in his son. He took him to King’s gym in Oakland in California and handed him to his godfather, Virgil Hunter who was a top amateur coach and who is still Andre’s coach till date.
Andre is 6 feet tall. In comparison with the other boxers in the middleweight class, he is considered to be of average height. The tallest is Anthony Smith at 6’4” which isn’t too far from Andre. The shortest is John Hendricks coming in at 5 ft 8 in which also still not far from Andre’s 6 ft. He has a reach of 180 cm. He weighs in at 75 kg or 165 lb.