NPL Sports, 25th Jan: Andre Ward has dropped two major hints that he could be about to return to the ring, just four months after announcing his retirement.
The former unified light heavyweight champion hung up his gloves in September after beating Sergey Kovalev for the second time in June. Ward called time on his career undefeated, but his decision shocked many fight fans who thought the then 33-year-old had plenty left in the tank.
But, the American is now teasing fans he is ready for a comeback and even hinted he may be open to stint at heavyweight. ‘Weighed in last night at 199 lbs. All muscle I promise! I been working,’ Ward said on Twitter, suggesting he is bulking up.
Before his retirement announcement, Ward floated the idea of possibly moving up to heavyweight with British fighter Tony Bellew welcoming the idea of testing himself against the two-weight world champion.
Ward vacated his light heavyweight titles when he retired, but should he move up to heavyweight and be a success, it could mean fights with the likes of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in the future.
The San Francisco-native continued to drop hints by posting another picture with the caption: ‘We’re working on something special.’
Ward is the former pound-for-pound king of boxing after back-to-back wins against Kovalev, regardless of the fact both victories were controversial. Those two fights against Kovalev earned Ward around £10million and he explained in September he wanted to get out of boxing to protect his health.
‘I want to be clear—I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is no longer there,’ Ward said in a statement.
‘If I cannot give my family, my team, and the fans everything that I have, then I should no longer be fighting.’