Light heavy­weight champ Ward re­tires

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Light heavy­weight cham­pion An­dre Ward is re­tir­ing from box­ing with an un­de­feated record be­cause he no longer has the de­sire to fight. The 33-year-old Ward re­leased a state­ment on his web­site Thurs­day ti­tled “Mis­sion Ac­com­plished.” He says his body now can­not with­stand the “rigours of the sport,” and he shouldn’t keep fight­ing if he can’t give it his all. Ward has won all 32 of his fights, with 16 knock­outs. He won the Olympic gold medal as a light heavy­weight in 2004. Ward won the WBA su­per mid­dleweight ti­tle in 2009 and uni­fied that ti­tle in 2011.

He won the light heavy­weight ti­tle in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion against Sergey Kovalev in 2016 and then beat Kovalev more de­cid­edly in a re­match in June that was stopped in the eighth round.

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