Opinion | Apr 12 2017

Why Andre Ward splits opinion

But Andre Ward could solidify his legacy with Kovalev rematch, writes Lee Gormley
andre ward fighter of the decade
Stacey Verbeek

IN a professional career spanning 13 years, unified light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward has enjoyed highs that many fighters can only dream of, but his efforts still divide opinions on a grand scale.

After gold medal success at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the American later dominated the super-middleweight division in the professional ranks, outclassing all of Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Chad Dawson along his impressive path to success.

A disputed unanimous decision victory over Sergey Kovalev last November saw him reach a career pinnacle, unifying the belts at 175lbs and dethroning a fighter many regarded as an unstoppable force.


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