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ABOUT ANDRE

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ANDRE WARD
AGE: 29-YEARS-OLD
HEIGHT: 6-1
WEIGHT: 168 POUNDS
RESIDENCE: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
RECORD: 26-0 (14 KOs)
TRAINER: Virgil Hunter

* 2011 ESPN, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, RING MAGAZINE, AND BOXING WRITERS ASSOCIATION FIGHTER OF THE YEAR FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
* CONSESUS NUMBER TWO POUND-FOR-POUND IN THE WORLD
* RING MAGAZINE MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
* WBA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
* 2004 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
* UNDEFEATED SINCE 1996
* HBO BOXING COMMENTATOR

When Frank Ward took his nine-year-old son, Andre, to a boxing gym, he couldn’t possibly have known that the youngster would blossom into one of the top amateur and professional fighters in the sport. He asked trainer, Virgil Hunter, “to teach his son to hit and not get hit.” Hunter, now Ward’s Godfather more than delivered on his promise, helping to develop his pupil into one of the most skilled technicians in boxing.

Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his killer instinct inside it, his skill and talent was apparent early in his outstanding amateur career. Ward racked up every title in the books, culminating in a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. As the only American boxer to claim Olympic gold in the past decade, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.

He entered the professional ranks on December 18, 2004, winning a second round TKO victory over Chris Molina at the Staples Center and live on HBO. He has gone on to rack up 25 more victories since that time, building his ever-growing legion of fans.

In 2009, Ward signed on to join five fellow elite super middleweights in the highly acclaimed SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic. Shortly after, he fulfilled a lifetime dream by winning the WBA Super Middleweight World Championship with a dominating performance over former champion Mikkel Kessler in front of over 10,000 adoring fans at the Oracle Arena in his hometown of Oakland, Calif.

Yet, Ward wasn’t done there. He has made three successful title defenses of his WBA title since that time, defeating Allan Green, Sakio Bika and former World Champion Arthur Abraham, dominating his competition in all three battles. Ward’s victory over Arthur Abraham extended his 15-year winning streak, which reaches back to 1996.

His Super Six efforts culminated in a dominant twelve round victory over Carl “The Cobra” Froch in the tournament final on December 17, 2011 in Atlantic City, N.J. The victory earned Ward the WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight belts as well as the highly coveted SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup. Following another dominant win, Ward was named Fighter of the Year by every major media outlet.

However Ward wasn’t done there, while many would have taken on a lesser opponent following his run through the Super Six, the reigning Fighter of the Year chose fellow World Champion Chad Dawson for his next opponent. A fellow pound-for-pound list regular and the light heavyweight champion, Dawson met Ward in his hometown of Oakland for the highly anticipated showdown. Ward didn’t disappoint a packed house at Oracle Arena, stopping Dawson in the 10th round live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The hometown favorite put Dawson down several times and dominated the match-up to add a 26th victory to his resume.

The 29-year-old now sits at number two on the pound-for-pound list with only Floyd Mayweather, Jr., rated ahead of him and most in the business feel he is certain to move to the top spot in the near future.

Yet Ward’s goals don’t end in the boxing ring, he is currently building a career as a boxing commentator as well and is now a staple at the commentating table on HBO, the premier network in boxing. As one of the elite figures in the sweet science, Ward is valuable commodity for any brand and currently boasts endorsement deals with Jordan and Everlast.

Outside the boxing world, Andre is a loving husband to his wife and high school sweetheart, Tiffiney, and a proud father to their sons, Andre, Jr., Malachi, baby Micah, and daughter, Amira. A devout Christian, he incorporates his faith into every aspect of his life and is a strong role model to his ever growing legion of fans. He and his family live in Danville, Calif., just outside of Oakland.  He regularly visits schools, prisons and youth facilities to engage and uplift those in his community with his inspirational story of success and has been called upon by the Golden State Warriors to come and speak to his hometown NBA team 

ANDRE WARD’S PROFESSIONAL RECORD
26-0 (14 KOs)

SEPTEMBER 8, 2012: Tenth Round TKO over Chad Dawson in Oakland, Calif. (WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Title Bout)

DECEMBER 17, 2011: Twelve Round unanimous decision win over Carl Froch in Atlantic City, N.J. (WBA, WBC, and Ring Magazine Title Bout, SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final)

MAY 14, 2011: Twelve Round unanimous decision win over Arthur Abraham in Carson, Calif. (WBA Super Middleweight Title Bout)

NOVEMBER 27, 2010: Twelve Round unanimous decision win over Sakio Bika in Oakland, Calif. (WBA Super Middleweight Title Bout)

JUNE 19, 2010: Twelve Round unanimous decision win over Allan Green in Oakland, Calif. (WBA Super Middleweight Title Bout)

NOVEMBER 21, 2009: Eleventh Round Technical Decision over Mikkel Kessler in Oakland, Calif. (WBA Super Middleweight Title Bout)

SEPTEMBER 12, 2009: Third Round TKO over Shelby Pudwill in Temecula, Calif. (NABF and WBO NABO Super Middleweight Title Defense)

MAY 16, 2009: Twelve Round Unanimous Decision win over Edison Miranda in Oakland, Calif.  (NABF and WBO NABO Super Middleweight Title Defense)

FEBRUARY 6, 2009: Twelve Round Unanimous Decision win over Henry Buchanan in Lemore, Calif.  (NABF Super Middleweight Title Bout and WBO NABO Super Middleweight Title Defense)

DECEMBER 13, 2008: Third Round TKO win over Esteban Camou/Cabazon, Calif. (WBO NABO Super Middleweight Title Defense)

JUNE 20, 2008: Eighth Round TKO win over Jerson Ravelo/Georgetown, Cayman Islands (WBO NABO Super Middleweight Title Bout)

MARCH 20, 2008: Seventh Round TKO win over Rubin Williams /San Jose, Calif.

NOVEMBER 16, 2007: Fifth Round TKO win over Roger Cantrell/Gros Islet, Saint
Lucia/Cayman Islands

JULY 14, 2007: Third Round TKO win over Francisco Diaz /Carson, Calif.

MAY 17, 2007: Sixth Round TKO win over Dhafir Smith/Leemore, Calif.

MARCH 29, 2007: Third Round TKO win over Julio Jean/San Jose, Calif.

NOVEMBER 11, 2006: Six Round Unanimous Decision win over Derrick Findley/San Jose, Calif.

APRIL 29, 2006: Sixth Round RTD win over Andy Kolle/Mashantucket, Conn.

FEBRUARY 23, 2006: Unanimous Decision win over Kendall Gould/ Leemore, Calif.

NOVEMBER 19, 2005: Unanimous Decision win over Darnell Boone/Portland, Ore.

OCTOBER 1, 1005: First Round KO win over Glenn La Plante/Tampa, Fla.

AUGUST 18, 2005: Sixth Round RTD win over Christopher Holt/San Jose, Calif.

JUNE 18, 2005: Third Round TKO win over Ben Aragon/Memphis, Tenn.

APRIL 7, 2005: Disqualification win over Roy Ashworth/Temecula, Calif.

FEBRUARY 10, 2005: Unanimous Decision Win over Kenny Kost /Leemore, Calif.

DECEMBER 18, 2004: Second Round TKO over Chris Molina /Los Angeles, Calif.