Boxing champion Andre Ward has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 33. The fighters leaves with an unblemished 32 fight record with 32 wins and 16 knockouts.
Ward is the current light-heavyweight world champion and holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts after unifying the division last year.
Ward said that he could no longer “put up with the rigors” of boxing.
“If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything I have, then I should no longer be fighting,” he said.
Wards last fight was against Sergey Kovalev in June which he won via a TKO in the 8th round. Ward is the only fighter to have beaten Kovalev and his latest fight was the sdecond time the two had faced each other.
Barry McGuigan payed tribute to Ward on Twitter:
— Barry McGuigan (@ClonesCyclone) September 21, 2017