Andre SOG Ward has always worn his faith on his sleeve and has humbly stood before the Lord. he is confident in the Lord and confident in his boxing skills. Ward has been a great example in the ring taken on all on comers at 168 and 175 without a single loss. He has also been a perfect example outside of the ring handling himself humbly but with confidence never getting involved with the trash talk and the antics never sinking to their level. “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. “Ephesians4:29
As difficult as it’s been, Andre Ward, just like he does in the ring he has kept his composure and has behaved like the Christian he is outside the ring.
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body -Matthew 10:28 (NKJV)” Andre Ward has certainly taken this to heart. If there is anyone in the boxing world that can destroy the body it’s the 6’6 250 pound Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua. Who Andre Ward does not fear apparently. This would be a real life David vs Goliath
This would be something truly unique. Sure there has been a litany of former light heavyweight champs who have made the jump, most noticeably Roy Jones Jr. That was far different for two main reasons. First AJ is 250 pounds, Ruiz weighed in at 226 lbs the night he fought RJJ at the Thomas and Mack in 2003. That’s a 23 lbs difference that’s a big deal. Second, AJ is a beast, with a massive punch who destroys everybody he steps in the ring with. Who is just now entering his prime of what will probably become a great if not legendary career. Compared to John Ruiz who sucked. That matters. “The Quiet Man” had already quietly put together a laundry list of losses to Tua, Dannell Nicholson, a washed up Evander Holyfield and the legendary Sergey Kobozev.
What Ward also needs credit for is not nursing and protecting the “O”. Floyd was so protective and so sensitive about the zero. He clearly avoided fights and “retired” in his prime ducking Paul Williams and Antonio Margarito for two years to protect that “0”. Ward has discussed fighting Bellew who beat Haye in a heavyweight bout his last time out and also, holds the WBC Cruiserweight Meritious title. This would be one thing and a risky fight and a legitimate move up against a legitimate fighter coming off a really good win. Fighting AJ is absolutely throwing caution to the wind. Making the best fight against the best fighter because you believe in yourself and your skill set.
Ward moved up from super middle to light heavyweight just two years ago and is now looking at jumping up two more weight divisions to face arguably the best heavyweight in the division.
Virgil Hunter, Ward’s trainer, said he believes his fighter would”outbox” AJ.
Hunter said: “I’m not playing, I am serious, I believe he could outbox Anthony Joshua.
“It would be a waste of time to go to the cruisers we should go for it all.The size difference alone is colossal between AJ and SOG, 75 lbs perhaps. 6’6 Joshua weighed in against Klitschko, his last fight at 250 lbs where as Ward, who is 6ft, weighed in against Kovalev at the light heavy limit of 175 lbs. There was no same day weigh in nor can we be sure of Wards walking around weight but it stands to reason he will be giving away 60+ pounds in the ring. That certainly seems to be an insurmountable amount of weight but Ward hasn’t lost a fight since he was 12 and if he could pull this off. I believe his legacy would surpass even that of Mayweather and if he loses so what? He lost chasing unprecedented greatness. Heights no fighter in my lifetime has dare chased. If any fighter could pull the impossible it’s SOG.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13