(born February 23, 1984) is an American boxer
, and is the current WBA
World Super Middleweight champion. As an amateur Ward won Gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics
in the light heavyweight
division, the first American boxing gold in 8 years. He qualified for the Olympic Games by ending up in second place at the 1st AIBA American 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
in Tijuana, Mexico
. Ring Magazine
currently rates Ward as the number nine pound-for-pound
boxer in the world.
His father Frank Ward
inspired his son by regaling him with stories of hard fought battles and triumphant victories. Given the choice to fight or pursue other sports, the young Andre chose boxing and has poured his mind, body and soul to the sport & became a world champion.
Ward grew up in the East Bay
in the Fairview neighborhood of Hayward
, in California, where he attended Fairview Elementary, Bret Harte Junior High School and Hayward High School
. At Hayward High he starred as a RB and Safety on the football team. When he turned 17 he became a close friend to boxer Andre Dirrell
Ward started boxing in 1994 and had a record of 110–5 as an amateur.From 1998 to 2004 he didn't lose a single match.In 2002, he won the Under 19 National Championship and was also a two time U.S. National Champion in 2001 and 2003 at Middleweight
- 2001 United States Amateur Middleweight Champion
- 2002 Under 19 National Championship
- 2003 United States Amateur Light......