WEIGHT: 168 POUNDS
RESIDENCE: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
RECORD: 25-0 (13 KOs)
COACH: Virgil Hunter
MANAGER: James Prince
PROMOTER: Goossen Tutor Promotions/Antonio Leonard Productions
WBC SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
RING MAGAZINE SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION
SHOWTIME SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC CHAMPION
WBA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
2004 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
UNDEFEATED SINCE 1996
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.
His skill and talent was apparent early in his outstanding amateur career as he 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.
Ward 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 23 more victories since that time, building his ever-growing legion of fans with his patented speed and skill inside the ring and his charisma and character outside of it.
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 recent victory over Arthur Abraham extended his 15-year winning streak, which reaches back to 1996 when the then 12-year-old lost a controversial decision to Jesus Gonzales in an amateur bout.
His outstanding efforts have earned the then 27-year-old World Champion a spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic finale, scheduled for the fall of 2011. He will face Carl “The Cobra” Froch in the highly anticipated bout, which has already garnered a great deal of media attention and excitement in the sport. The two will face off on October 29 in Atlantic City, N.J., for the Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.
Yet Ward’s goals don’t end in the boxing ring, he has currently building a career as a boxing commentator as well. The 28-year-old World Champion has worked with Versus, Comcast, and SHOWTIME to provide his insights both ringside and leading into big fights.
Outside the 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, and Micah and daughter, Amira. A devout Christian, Andre 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.
ANDRE WARD’S PROFESSIONAL RECORD
25-0 (13 KOs)
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
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.