The pound-for-pound number one fighter has retired from the sport of boxing.
Andre ‘S.O.G’ Ward posted a video and a statement on Twitter about his retirement.
The light heavyweight king fought hard hitting Sergey Kovalev twice this year and beat him on both occasions. Ward retires from boxing as the IBF, WBO, and WBA World light heavyweight champion and with a perfect record of 32 wins and zero losses.
Here’s Wards video.
— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) September 21, 2017
Read Ward’s statement in full.
To the sport of boxing – I love you. You’ve been by my side since I was 10-years-old. You’ve taught me so much. You’ve humbled me. You’ve promoted me. I’ve sacrificed a lot for you, but you’ve given me more than I ever thought possible. You gave me a platform, made me a champion and helped me provide for my family. I am forever grateful to you. You and I will always be synonymous, connected at the hip. Thank you for all the wonderful people I’ve come in contact with because of you. I’ve made friends for life. As I walk away from the sport of boxing today, I leave at the top of your glorious mountain, which was always my vision and my dream. I did it. We did it.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has played a part in my journey. You know who you are. I could not have done this without you. I want to be clear – I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there. If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting. Above all, I give God the Glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have.
Ward was linked to fighting Tony Bellew this December but that didn’t come to fruition. The American boxing great leaves boxing at the young age of 33.