Andre Ward, 28, the last American men’s boxer to win an Olympic gold medal (2004), is preparing for perhaps the biggest fight of his career, a super middleweight world title bout against light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson in Oakland, Ward’s hometown, on Sept. 8 (HBO, 9:45 p.m. ET).
Andre Ward – “I expect the biggest challenge” - Brian Campbell, ESPN.com
At 28, Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) is entering his prime in high demand and currently preparing for a challenging defense of his 168-pound title against light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) on Sept. 8 (HBO, 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) in Ward’s hometown of Oakland. ESPN.com caught up with Ward as his training camp winds down ahead of his fifth title defense.
Ring Announcer Nick Cannon Visits Andre Ward (photos) - San Jose Mercury News
Andre Ward 2004 Olympic gold medalist and WBC, WBA super middleweight champion and Nick Cannon host of America’s Got Talent meet up at Ward’s gym to film a promotional spot for HBO in Hayward, Calif., Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Cannon will be the ring announcer at Ward’s upcoming Sept. 8 fight against Chad Dawson at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Ward inspired Shields, first U.S. Women’s Boxing Olympic Champion – Lem Satterfield, RingTV.com
It was back in June in Las Vegas that RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward, an Olympic gold medalist in 2004, greeted 17-year-old Claressa Shields, wishing her well in her effort to achieve what he already had as an amateur fighter.
Andre Ward Training Camp Notes - Ray Markarian, The Sweet Sciene
On Wednesday afternoon, exactly one month before he fights Chad Dawson in one of the most anticipated fights of the year, we checked in with Andre Ward at his training headquarters in Hayward, Calif.
Andre Ward on his Olympic Experience – Boxing Scene
WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward is training for his upcoming defense of titles, scheduled for September 8th against Chad Dawson at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California – and televised on HBO. Ward was the last American boxer to win a gold medal in the Olympics. He captured gold in 2004 in Athens. 24/7 Ward/Dawson debuts on HBO on Auguts 25th.
Andre Ward is just what boxing needs right now - Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News
Andre Ward isn’t going to get angrier, brasher, stupider and more flamboyant just to drive himself to boxing superstardom, not all at once, anyway. That’s not who he is, and thank goodness for that.
Andre Ward nominated for Best Fighter ESPY Award
It started with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, USA Today and many others, eventually culminating with the prestigious Boxing Writers Association of America naming Andre Ward their Fighter of the Year.
Lem’s Latest: Andre Ward touts his chin – Lem Satterfield, Ring Magazine – 12/19/2011
Andre Ward, of Oakland, Calif., continually nailed Saturday night’s rival with an injured left hand, biting down and enduring the pain over the course of a unanimous decision victory over Carl Froch, of England, at Boardwalk Hall.
Andre Ward is Sports Illustrated’s Fighter of the Year – Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated – 12/19/2011
There is a certain rhythm to Andre Ward’s game, a musical elegance gifted only to the finest performers. The technical brilliance is there, a product of a 10-year amateur career that culminated with an Olympic gold medal in 2004. There is the strength and power, quickness and speed, a perfect blend of skills that have, thus far, made Ward unbeatable at the pro level.
Five things we learned from Ward vs. Froch – Igor Gurayshkin, ESPN.com – 12/18/2011
The final between Ward and Froch was expected by many to be close. It wasn’t. Nor is the chasm that now separates Ward and his contemporaries in the division. The laser-like accuracy shown by Ward against Froch merely underlined his status as the best medium-sized fighter on the planet.
Ward wins the Super Six Boxing Classic – Dan Rafael, ESPN.com – 12/17/2011
When Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic began 26 months ago, the landscape at 168 pounds was far different than it is today. The pre-tournament favorite was then-titleholder Mikkel Kessler with Arthur Abraham, the powerful middleweight titlist who was moving up in weight for the tourney, the second choice.
Ward is going to be one of the best – Gareth Davies, Talk Sport – 12/17/2011
Daily Telegraph correspondent says American Andre Ward is now up there with the best in the pound-for-pound rankings after his win over Carl Froch.
Amazing Andre Ward made Carl Froch look bad – Mike Costello, BBC – 12/17/2011
Some boxers have a knack of making violence seem almost graceful. Andre Ward is one of them.
Ward’s big win positions him for Fighter of the Year honors – Bob Velin, USA Today – 12/17/2011
If there were any doubts about Andre Ward’s place among the elite fighters in boxing, the new unified super middleweight champion erased them as quickly as he plowed his left hooks and right crosses into Carl Froch’s jaw on Saturday night.
Classy Andre Ward ends Carl Froch Empire – Niall Hickman, Express -12/17/2011
Carl Froch’s attempt to create his own Boardwalk Empire in Atlantic City came up short as Andre Ward unified the principal world super middleweight titles with a classy points victory.
Super Six victory adds to Ward’s impressive victory – Santos Perez, Miami Herald – 12/17/2011
Before the Super Six World Boxing Classic’s conception two years ago, Andre Ward was identified primarily for his gold-medal winning performance in the 2004 Olympics.
Ward’s Biggest Night – Michael Rosenthal, Ring Magazine – 12/17/2011
Ward had the pedigree going into the Super Six World Boxing Classic. The product of Oakland, Calif., capped a tremendous amateur career by winning a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics, the first American to do so since David Reid in 1996.
Andre Ward wins Super Six - Dan Rafael, ESPN.com – 12/17/2011
Andre Ward staked his claim as the top 168-pound division fighter, using his speed and a combination of lefts to defeat Carl Froch in a unanimous decision Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final.
Andre Ward is an amazing fighter – Scoop Malinowski, Boxing Insider – 12/17/2011
I was amazed at Andre Ward’s dominant performance against Carl Froch in the final of the Showtime Super Six tournament in Atlantic City. Ward has so many different styles, it’s hard to count.
Ward, a glorious new dawn? - Ben Dirs, BBC – 12/17/2011
Another chastening night for British boxing was a potentially great one for the sport in general as Andre Ward announced himself as a fighter of rare quality with a stunning dismantling of Carl Froch in Atlantic City.
Unbeaten Andre Ward retains WBA super middleweight crown – Keith Idec, The Record
Super Six Finale Slide Show - Examiner.com – 12/17/2011
Ward: I’m no dirty fighter – UKPA – 12/15/2011
Andre Ward has rubbished Carl Froch’s suggestion that he is a dirty fighter, insisting: “I don’t have a malicious bone in my body.”
Humble vs. Brash: Andre Ward squares off against Carl Froch – Bob Velin, USA Today – 12/15/2011
His nickname doesn’t inspire fear in opponents. Ridicule on occasion but not fear. He’s a Christian, soft-spoken, humble, family man.
Ward, Froch evolved during Super Six Tournament – Lem Satterfield, Ring Magazine – 12/15/2011
Both THE RING’s No. 9 pound-for-pound fighter, Andre Ward, of Oakland, Calif., and the man he will face on Saturday, Carl Froch, of England, say their participation in the Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic has caused them to evolve as fighters.
Andre Ward: I’m a different kind of warrior - Jake Donovan, Boxing Scene -12/15/2011
More often than not, the term ‘warrior’ immediately invokes visions of a face-first brawler who bleeds if you stare hard enough at him. He’s the guy rising from one knockdown after another to somehow will himself to victory or at least go out on his shield.
Oakland’s Andre Ward ready for biggest challenge – Vittorio Tarfur, San Francisco Chronicle – 12/14/2011
Andre Ward has a chip on his shoulder, but his trainer, Virgil Hunter, says it’s a “good, healthy chip.”
Andre Ward hoping Super Six finale is worth the wait – Tim Smith, New York Daily News – 12/13/2011
Andre Ward was on time for the Super Six Final press conference at the Edison Ballroom Tuesday afternoon. But he found himself waiting for Carl Froch, his opponent in the 168-pound tournament finale in Atlantic City on Saturday night.
Like Tim Tebow, Andre Ward is only a Gangster for God – Michael Marley, Examiner.com – 12/13/2011
Like Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, undefeated world super middleweight champion Andre Ward wears his Christianity on his sleeve.
Videos from final Ward-Froch Press Conference – 12/13/2011
Andre Ward sees no reason to trash talking persona – Keith Idec, Boxing Scene – 12/6/2011
Andre Ward won’t create a promotional persona, like the alter ego Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. has used to help him earn eight figures for fights. The unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion won’t insult his opponent’s mother, either, the way Ricardo Mayorga did while relishing his role as boxing’s bad boy.
Andre Ward – Carl Froch Conference Call highlights - 12/6/2011
Highlights from Andre Ward’s conference call with Carl Froch media teleconference ahead of their Super Six finale on December 17 in Atlantic City
Boxer Andre Ward fights hard to keep things normal - Jeff Faraudo, Oakland Tribune – 12/5/2011
When Tiffiney Ward’s husband heads off for a day at the office, she knows his job involves getting punched in the face. And she actually shows up to watch.
Top 5 American Boxers under 30 - Loren Robinson, Yahoo – 12/3/2011
Who will be the next superstar in American boxing? Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bernard Hopkins can only fight so long before their skills diminish. However, there are several young talented boxers. Who are the best American boxers under 30?
Ward’s ready to represent the USA - Robert Hough, Fightnews.com
There was no Thanksgiving dinner with the family for Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), who’s away from his wife and three children while training for his December 17th fight against Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), but he was like a kid on Christmas morning earlier this month when he opened a box with the shoes he’ll wear in the ring against the Englishman.
Yahoo – Ward takes patient path - Kevin Iole – 9/27/2011
Andre Ward, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, still isn’t a household name, despite defeating Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Sakio Bika and Arthur Abraham during Showtime’s Super Six tournament and moving into the Yahoo! Sports Top 10.
ESPN.com – Super Six Finale set for December 17 - Dan Rafael – 9/27/2011
The super middleweight title unification bout between Andre Ward and Carl Froch, postponed last week because Ward suffered a cut over his right eye while sparring, has been rescheduled for Dec. 17.
Ring Magazine – Exclusive Q&A with Andre Ward - Lem Satterfield – 9/27/2011
RingTV.com spoke to WBA super middleweight Andre Ward in the wake of his having suffered a cut over his right eye that forced the postponement of his bout with WBC counterpart Carl Froch for the championships of the Super Six World Boxing Classic and THE RING.
Andre Ward’s Cut in Photos: Before and After
Courtesy Showtime and their Fight Camp 360 cameras, here’s Andre Ward’s cut in the gym being toweled off, pre-stitching, and then stitched up.
Sacramento Bee – Ward seeks new fight date after suffering cut - Jeff Faurado – 9/24/2011
Andre Ward’s trainer said a new date for the Super Six Boxing Classic title bout won’t be determined until late next week after Ward had seven stitches removed from a cut he suffered during a sparring session.
USA Today – Andre Ward injured, Froch fight postponed - Bob Velin – 9/23/2011
Showtime’s Super Six World Classic, hit hard by injuries throughout the long, drawn-out tournament, took another blow Friday when the final match between undefeated Andre Ward and Carl Froch was postponed indefinitely after Ward suffered a gash over his right eye during a sparring session.
Press Tour Over, Ward reflects on Froch, October 29 – Thomas Gerbasi – 8/26/2011
There were probably a thousand and one things Andre Ward would have rather been doing on the day after an extensive three day media tour that took him to England, New York, and finally back home to Oakland, California.
Andre Ward opponent, Carl Froch, saves jabs for the ring – San Jose Mercury News – 8/25/2011
After two days of delivering jabs to Andre Ward’s reputation in media tour stops at London and New York City to promote the Super Six Boxing Classic title bout, Carl Froch got friendly Wednesday in front of Ward’s hometown crowd in Oakland. Ward wasn’t buying it.
Oakland boxer Andre Ward found himself in a bit of a verbal scuffle this week as he engaged in conversation with Carl Froch, his fellow “Super Six” super-middleweight title finalist, about their bout Oct. 29.
Ward and Froch go face-to-face in Oakland – Boxing Scene – 8/24/2011
World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch concluded their three-city international press tour on Wednesday formally announcing The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J
Andre Ward, Carl Froch set for the Super Six Finale, finally – USA Today – 8/24/2011
The SHOWTIME Super Six has been the longest running show in boxing.
Which will mean more in the Super Six final - ESPN – 8/24/2011
Froch-Ward Press Conference Video – Fight Hype – 8/23/2011
Both boxers speak during the New York leg of the international press tour of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Both boxers speak during the New York leg of the international press tour of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Froch-Ward Heats Up! - 8/23/2011
The Super Six World Boxing Classic International Press Tour continued today in New York City and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch stated he can take anything WBA champion Andre Ward can dish out and not be stopped, but he can stop Ward with one punch. Ward naturally disagreed
Froch-Ward Tickets on Sale Friday for Fight at Boardwalk Hall – By David Weinberg – 8/23/2011
Tickets for the Oct. 29 super-welterweight unification fight between WBC champion Carl Froch and WBA king Andre Ward at Boardwalk Hall will go on sale Friday at noon.
Carl Froch-Andre Ward Ticket Information and Prices – By Boxing Scene – 8/23/2011
Two years in the making, The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic between World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward and his World Boxing Council (WBC) counterpart Carl Froch is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Undefeated WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward is ready to put everything on the line to show the boxing world that he is the real deal and that he will walk away from Atlantic City as the unified 168lb champion and first ever Super-Six tournament winner.
Andre Ward Presser Video – 8/22/2011
In this special video, Andre Ward talks about his upcoming fight against Carl Froch. The Ward vs. Froch bout is the Super Six tournament finale, and is for both the WBA and WBC super middleweight titles.
Andre Ward: I’m Looking Forward to Closing the Show in Spectacular Fashion – Ben Thompson – 8/22/2011
Andre Ward and Carl Froch and their respective promoters will head out on an international press tour with stops in London, New York and Oakland ahead of their October 29th Super Six final contest in Atlantic City.
Current Super Middleweight Titlist Andre Ward to co-host the season finale of Friday Night Fights - 8/17/2011
Joe Tessitore and Andre Ward, Ring Magazine’sNo.1 ranked super-middleweight, will be ringside at the Horseshoe Casino describing the action, in the season finale of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Froch and Ward Eye Triple Crown in Super Six Finale - 8/11/2011
Saturday, October 29, two confident reigning world champions-one from America, the other from Europe-will collide in the eagerly awaited Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, a World Championship Unification, live on Sky Sports from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.Andre Ward on Froch, Kessler, Bute and Hopkins
Ward Q&A – “I don’t feel I’m getting my just respect” – By Lem Satterfield – 8/7/2011
Should he defeat WBC super middleweight beltholder Carl Froch on Oct. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J., WBA titleholder Andre Ward shed light on what his future might entail during a recent interview with RingTV.com
Super middleweight titlist Andre Ward says he’s ready for his October 29 fight against Carl Froch, which is the final bout of the two-year Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament, and that he’s not concerned about heading out of California for the fight
Talkin’Boxing with Andre Ward - By Scoop Malinowski – 7/25/2011
One of the premier champions in the sport today, Andre Ward made a surprise appearance at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, N.J. last week.
Andre Ward Breaks Down Super Six Match-up with Froch - By Ryan Maquinana – 7/20/2011
Andre Ward – “I’m going to be myself.” By: John Raspanti – 7/19/2011
Boardwalk Hall Gets Super Six Finale By: Dan Rafael – 7/18/2011
Just over two years after Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic began on Oct. 17, 2009, it will end with the 11th fight of the tournament when super middleweight titlist Andre Ward and Carl Froch meet Oct. 29 to unify their belts.
Andre Ward signs mulit-year extension with promoters By Dan Rafael - 5/24/2011
Super middleweight titlist Andre Ward has been with promoter Dan Goossen since the day he turned pro after winning a 2004 Olympic gold medal. They will be together for a lot longer now that Ward has signed a multiyear promotional contract extension.
Well it’s hard to say because sometimes I don’t even know what I’m going to do when I get in that ring. You know, being unpredictable has been a strength of mine, but I think when people see speed, athletism and skill, the first thing they want to do is call you just a boxer.
Andre Ward signs mulit-year extension with promoters By Dan Rafael - 5/24/2011
Everlast signs boxing champion to exclusive contract By PR Newswire 5/23/2011
Ward looks to be next American boxing star By Chris Mannix - 5/13/2011
Andre Ward, Nonito Donaire’s Path to Greatness By Vittorio Tafur - 5/14/2011
Ward, the last U.S. boxer to win Olympic gold, wins by unanimous decision By Mark Whicker 5/15/2011
Andre Ward moves to Super Six final By ESPN.com 5/15/2011
Ward again wins with guile and precision By Monte Poole - 5/15/2011
Ward Sees off Abraham By SkySports.com - 5/15/2011
Andre Ward represents all that is right about boxing By Tim Smith - 5/13/2011
Trends split for Andre Ward, Arthur Abraham By Vittorio Tafur - 5/13/2011
World Champ Ward wasn’t always a sure thing By LATimes.com - 5/12/2011
Andre Ward takes a shot at the Super Six final against Arthur Abraham By Bob Velin - 5/13/2011
Andre Ward advances to Super Six finals By Jake Donovan - 5/15/2011
Ward defeats Abraham By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales - 5/15/2011
Ward and Abraham ready for Saturday’s clash By Ramon Aranda - 5/12/2011
More on Ward-Abraham By Rocco Morales - 5/12/2011
Unheralded Ward should be American Sensation By Mark Whicker - 5/12/2011
Andre Ward on Focusing on Abraham By RingTV.com - 5/12/2011
Ward can be a star but its going to take time By Doug Fischer - 5/12/2011
Andre Ward on Abraham, Styles and the Chip on his Shoulder By John J. Raspanti - 5/10/2011
Andre Ward and Virgil Hunter Prepare to Take Advantage By MaxBoxing.com - 5/10/2011
Andre Ward, A Fighter You Should Know By Scott Christ - 5/10/2011
Andre Ward talks about Saturday’s fight with Arthur Abraham By Scott Christ - 5/09/2011
Super Six presser at MGM By FightNews.com - 5/07/2011
Exclusive One-on-One with Andre Ward By CSN Bay Area - 5/07/2011
Sugar Ray Leonard on Andre WardBy Scott Christ05/09/2011