Click here for my column on Andre Ward turning light heavy.
Thanks for writing about boxing…i miss reading about this great sport. I will follow Andre Ward, hope he finds much success…
Bobo Olsen, Eddie Machen, Bash Ali . . . may Andre Ward become the Bay Area’s most illustrious prizefight figure. Rooting for him to win!
Great column. Are you going??
Can’t. I’ll explain
I can only wish that I could drive at night, so I could see that fight. When I see clips on TV of Ward I am impressed. He is great to watch…and it’s nice to read that he’s a decent person as well.
Maybe not Double Z, but maybe Billy Conn.
Lowell- love your boxing columns. I am one of Money Mayweather’s biggest detractors for reasons personal (serial woman beater) and professional, but your claims here are overly gracious to Andre Ward and do not remotely do justice to Floyd’s career.
Floyd is only 5′ 8″ and started at 130 lbs. before moving up three full weight classes and ruling 147 for years. At 130 he cleaned out the division while absolutely beating down some tough, tough dudes and champions including Angel Manfredi, Genaro Hernandez and Diego Corrales. These last two were champions and are now in the Boxing Hall of Fame. he also fought and beat Jesus Chavez, Jose Luis Castillo, Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Ricky Hatton and Juan Manual Marquez when each was in his fighting prime and Miguel Cotto when he was still very close to his.
Gatti is in the Hall of Fame, and Ricky Hatton, Cotto and Marquez are no doubters, they’ll get in first ballot first year. Granted he did beat other hall of famers well past their primes.
The only sure thing hall of famer you’ll find on Andre’s resume is all Froch and Andre played it safe and stunk the joint out. Mayweather KO’d Hernandez and Corrales when they were prime fighters.
Floyd did play it safe for too many years and beat some great ones after their primes, but you cannot denigrate what he did up to about 2007 in order to praise Andre Ward.
Ward moving up one division years late is not nearly as impressive as what Floyd accomplished.
Wars has been on the sideline for a much of his prime because he fought in court against a promoter who had turned a fighter with a less-than-scintillating style into an HBO staple.
This was not Muhammad Ali standing up against the draft. And HBO has not been as willing to put him on air in recent years because he wants big money to fight tomato cans as “tune ups.” He has only fought better fighters recently because HBO forced him to. Including this fighter this weekend.
Andre doesn’t have a paltry KO record because he can’t punch, he has one because he also is not a risk taker in the ring. He is nearly as defensive-minded as Floyd and doesn’t mind stinking the arena out to get a W. His nickname among boxing hardcores is “Andre Bored.”
Shane, I didn’t mean to give the wrong impression. Floyd is an all time great. Ward not so much.
Ward looked good last night against a guy who looked like an athlete but was slow and terrible. Curry, Draymond and Marshawn had fun watching him win. His next fight in the fall against the light heavy champ from Europe will be Wards career defining fight, and the only name opponent I can remember him fighting. Like Mayweather, Andre has been a good businessman and smart at keeping his health by winning a lot and not getting hurt by not fighting good fighters. Good luck to him in the fall, should be a great fight in a sport where there aren’t many good fights anymore.
Was at the fight last night. I thought I’d get to read your take today. I hope you are working on that. 🙂
Alex, I didn’t cover the fight. Had family obligations.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.