The Fighter Of The Decade, Part One

There are still many months left in 2019 but the discussion and debate is already heating up as to who are the front-runners for Fighter Of The Decade. Starting today, we’re going to take a look at some of the strongest candidates for the title. One name that has to receive serious consideration is Andre Ward, who walked away from boxing in 2017 with world titles in both the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, and with impressive wins over such talented champions as Mikkel Kessler, Chad Dawson, Carl Froch, and Sergey Kovalev.

The Fighter Of The Decade?

Clever, versatile and ruthless, Ward has been long admired by boxing analyst Lee Wylie, as evidenced by one of his many video masterpieces. 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, rest assured, he will receive due consideration for the title of the greatest boxer of the past ten years. 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:

4 thoughts on “The Fighter Of The Decade, Part One

  • September 22, 2017 at 10:02 am
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    Awesome piece!

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  • September 24, 2017 at 11:33 pm
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    I’ve admired Ward for years, so I’m very happy he’s able to retire on his own terms. Although I think he’s as sharp as ever mentally, he clearly isn’t the same fighter he was during the super six tournament. In fact I think you could argue that he was a bit past his peak at the start of that tournament, but I admit that’s only my laymen’s opinion. Even if he were still in his prime physically I’m not sure what he would do going forward. I don’t think there’s a fight at light heavyweight where he makes even half of what he made for the two Kovalev fights. I suppose he could of fought Bellow at Cruiser weight, but my sense is that Bellow and Eddie Hearn are far more focused on the Haye Rematch, which is where the money would be. In any case, he knows his body better then anyone, so if he says he can’t handle the rigors of the sport anymore I believe him. I just wish other boxers could follow his example, but that’s probably wishful thinking.

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