Ward Says Itch To Return Comes And Goes
Over a year after his last fight, Andre Ward claims that the itch for a return is there, but goes away.
Last June, Ward would stop Sergey Kovalev to retain his light heavyweight titles, but Ward decided to walk away from the ring and focus on working on the other side of boxing.
Even with a massive offer to face former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew, on the table, Ward remained a commentator and manager.
As the host of the rebooted The Contender series, Ward has trained with some of the contestants for the reality series, and it does give him the drive only briefly, to come back.
“[The itch to return comes around] but then all of a sudden that desire to come back somehow just disappears, it just evaporates. Being in there with them gives you the hunger and reminds you why you want to keep going. But it also reminds you and it reminded me of why I retired,” Ward said to Boxing News.
“I genuinely love the sport. I just wasn’t in the sport to make money and become famous. Those things were really secondary. I genuinely loved the craft, I loved the sport and even more so I loved the people that are associated with the sport. I care about the fighters because I was once was a fighter. And that’s still hard to say. But it’s a fact. I’m a former fighter and I know what these guys are going through. They’re looking for an opportunity, they’re looking for a shot.”
Initial Report: Boxing News