With his surprise retirement announcement, pundits are considering anew where Andre Ward stands amongst the best boxers of recent decades. Whatever their conclusions, there’s no arguing the fact that his shocking stoppage win over Sergey Kovalev this past June elevated his status and forced pundits to consider anew where he should 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, may indeed be all done, happy to pack it in and move on with his life. But if he startled fight fans with his decision to retire, he in fact never surprised more boxing fans than when he battered his powerful Russian rival and forced him to surrender, low blows or no low blows.
But that 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: