With his shocking stoppage win over Sergey Kovalev this past week, Andre Ward has elevated his status and put himself in the conversation for not just the finest active boxer in the world pound-for-pound, but also as to where he might be ranked in terms of the best fighters of his era. Clever, versatile and ruthless, this Olympic gold medalist and two division world champion, who hasn’t lost a boxing match since 1998, forced fans and detractors alike to consider anew his accomplishments after Kovalev, despite appearing to have a points lead in a fast-paced battle, meekly crumbled in the face of Ward’s ferocious attack in the eighth round.
But this result was more shocking for some fight fans than for others. Count Lee Wylie among those not exactly astounded by the outcome as he has long admired the skills of “S.O.G.” and is no late-comer to the Andre Ward bandwagon, as this 2015 video will attest. By drawing comparisons with some of the great prizefighters of the past, including Henry Armstrong, Larry Holmes and Charley Burley, Wylie here showcases Ward’s intelligence, audacity and tactical wizardry. So for all of Ward’s die-hard fans, watch and appreciate anew the unique skills of your favorite pugilist. And for all of his new admirers, here’s a chance to catch-up and truly appreciate how Ward is, as Bruce Lee says, “like water.” Check it out: