Former pound for pound king Andre Ward has teased the possibility of a comeback just months after announcing his retirement from the sport.
In what’s becoming a familiar move by fighters, Ward may well be readying himself for a return to action despite attempting to hang up the gloves for good last year.
Eyebrows were initially raised when Ward, who is just 33, decided to walk away from boxing at the pinnacle of his career on the back of defeating Sergey Kovalev twice to reach the summit of the all-weight rankings.
Ward had suggested a run at cruiserweight or heavyweight was possible before his abrupt departure, and judging by his latest social media activity, could still be on the cards for the American.
“Weighed in last night at 199 lbs. All ???????? (strong), I promise I been working,” said Ward, looking beefed up in his post.
A fight with ex-200 pound champion-turned heavyweight contender Tony Bellew was reportedly in talks at one point last year, and with the England man set to rematch David Haye on May 5th, Ward could well fancy a clash with the eventual victor.
Bellew began his stint in pro boxing as a light-heavyweight and successfully made the transition, albeit against a slighter top division campaigner in Haye, but there’s no reason why Ward can’t do something similar to Roy Jones Jr. with his skillset.
Jones jumped from his P4P status as the king of 175 pounds to defeat John Ruiz for the world heavyweight crown to cement his legacy as one of the best of all time back in 2003, although the landscape certainly has changed since then.
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— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) January 24, 2018
Nowadays, the heavyweight rulers in the ilk of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder don’t leave much scope for the smaller man to stand a chance, but speed still kills and you could never write Ward off defeating anyone if he gets himself in the correct shape.
Avoidance would be key against both Joshua or Wilder if Ward really does decide to give the 200 pounds plus weight class a shot and bypasses the cruiserweight division altogether.
It seems likely Aleksandr Usyk will eventually hold all four belts at the lower limit and Ward’s only opportunities to become a three-weight champion could come if the Ukrainian decides himself to move up to the sport’s heaviest weight class.