Saturday, January 9, 2016

The 2015 Boxing Glove Awards: Emperor's New Clothes Award: Andre Ward

The Boxing Glove Awards 2015
Emperor’s New Clothes
Super Middleweight & Light Heavyweight
Andre Ward

Few boxers have gained so much mileage out of what they have done in the past, as opposed to what they have achieved in recent times, such as Andre Ward.  At one point, Ward seemed to be on his way to being one of the best boxers in the world, pound-for-pound, and perhaps the heir to Floyd Mayweather Jr.  But, that was back in 2010 when Ward emerged victorious in the Super Six World Super-middleweight tournament.  Yet, that was back in 2010 and 2011, and it is now over 4 years since Ward impressively out-boxed Carl Froch. In the 4 years, Ward has fought just 3 times against mediocre opposition. Still some hail him as the best boxer in the world, for others, the veil of brilliance has started to slip. Ward himself still seems to consider himself an elite fighter who can call the shots and name his price. Too often in recent years, fights have fallen though, and proposed match-ups have failed to materialize.  For a while Ward chased a fight with the smaller Gennady Golovkin.  Now he is said to be inline for a showdown in late 2016 with light-heavyweight king, Sergey Kovalev. Such a fight is just what Ward needs to boost his flagging career, but no one can be certain that it will really happen until Ward gets into the ring with Kovalev. If this match up does not take place, and Ward goes another year without fighting a top level opponent, then the last threads of his reputation will surely be finally stripped from him.  

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