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Andre Ward Ends Career with Surprise Retirement

Posted: September 21, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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After cementing his place as the Pound 4 Pound best fighter in world with a decisive June stoppage over Sergey Kovalev, Andre Ward is now walking away from the sport. The veteran made the shocking announcement today that he will be retiring after a 13-year, undefeated career.

Ward, who has dealt with shoulder and knee injuries for the last five years of his career, confirmed those issues played heavily into his decision.

“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,” said Ward 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. Above all, I give God the Glory, for allowing me to do what I’ve done, for as long as I have.”

Ward won the last Olympic gold medal for the American men’s team in 2004. He turned pro to much fanfare and made his mark as an elite fighter by dominating the super middleweight Super Six tournament with dominant wins over Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch.

From late 2013 through early 2015, Ward would see his career sidelined by contract issues with promoter Goosen Tutor. After signing with Roc Nation in January 2015, Ward would jump to light-heavyweight and an eventual showdown with feared unified champion Sergey Kovalev. Ward would climb off the canvas to win their November 2016 encounter by split decision. In the rematch last June, Ward silenced critics by stopping Kovalev in the eighth off a series body shots.

Andre Ward leaves the sport with a record of 32-0 (16 KOs).

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Having competed in five different weight classes over the span of 16 years, Robert Guerrero is now calling it a career.

The former four-division world titlist announced his retirement this afternoon, less than 48 hours removed from a third round TKO loss to Omar Figueroa.

“First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career,” said Guerrero in a statement. “I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountain top of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself, would be fighting in front of millions of fans.”

Having competed as low as 122 pounds after turning pro in 2001, Guerrero won his first world title in 2006 by defeating Eric Aiken for the IBF featherweight strap. In 2009, he defeated Malcolm Klassen for the IBF super featherweight title. The Ghost would go on to pick up interim titles at lightweight and welterweight in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

“I competed at super-bantamweight and won world titles across multiple weight classes, closing my career at welterweight, fighting the big guys 25 pounds heavier,” Guerrero said. “A good friend always told me I was God’s warrior, born to fight. I enjoyed every minute of every war. I represented my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the bible verse Acts 2:38 on my trunks. If I reached one person and brought that person closer to Christ, then it was all worth it.”

Guerrero was a part of several notable bouts over the last five years. He was the opponent for Floyd Mayweather’s first Showtime pay-per-view, the first main event for Premier Boxing Champions when he faced Keith Thurman, and engaged in two brutal Fight of the Year candidates against Yoshihiro Kamegai and Andre Berto.

He finishes with a record of 33-6-1 (18 KOs).


This is welcome news. There’s been a lot of jokes lately over all the PBC main events Guerrero has received in the last few years, but you can never question his effort in the ring. To go from 122 to 147 is an achievement in itself, and long-time fans will recall he went from a technician at the lower weights to a rugged brawler above 135.

Problem is, there’s only so much punishment you can take from naturally bigger men. The wars with Berto and Kamegai didn’t help, but the noticeable decline began with the Thurman beating in 2015. Danny Garcia accelerated it last year and Figueroa finished it over the weekend. Officially, Guerrero is 1-4 over his last five and hasn’t clearly won a fight since 2014.

The bad reaction to every landed Figueroa uppercut made the end inevitable. And yet, Guerrero kept fighting until nothing was left.

Robert Guerrero is 34 years old. Young outside the ring, but battle-weary inside. Here’s hoping that he’s getting out in time enough to enjoy a retirement with minimal long-term health issues.

 

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KRAKOW, Poland — 39 year old Tomasz Adamek is hanging up the gloves after suffering a 10th round knockout loss last night to Eric Molina.

Adamek, who could be elusive and outbox much larger foes in years past, could not avoid the Molina’s counter right hand. The former light heavyweight champion was rattled by these punches in the second and fourth rounds. He was forced to exchange big shots in the sixth and showed visible fatigue by the eighth stanza.

Despite the trouble, Adamek’s superior jab and footwork enabled him to carry a 88-83 lead on all cards headed into the 10th. Adamek was outworking his foe when a Molina right cross sent him careening under the bottom rope. Adamek beat the count, but was in no condition to defend himself and could not be saved by the bell, giving Molina the dramatic victory with one second remaining.

The comeback victory is Molina’s second win since losing by ninth round KO to WBC titlist Deontay Wilder last June.

Adamek, a veteran of 17 years, leaves the ring with a record of 50-5 (30 KOs) and titles won at light-heavyweight and cruiserweight.

Carl Froch Announces Retirement

Posted: July 14, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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Carl Froch has confirmed the end of his 15-year boxing career today with the announcement of his retirement.

Froch broke the news on Twitter, thanking his fans:

Froch won his first title in 2008, defeating Jean Pascal by decision to win the WBC super-middleweight title. He would make five defenses before losing the strap to Andre Ward in the Super Six final. In 2012, he rebounded with a signature win over Lucian Bute in scoring a dominant fifth round TKO to capture the IBF super-middleweight title. He made four defenses, including a revenge decision win over Mikkel Kessler, and two knockout wins over hated rival George Groves to close out his career.

Carl Froch’s final record stands at 33-2, 24 KOs.


Credit due to Froch for an excellent career. While he didn’t get to have the “American sendoff” in Las Vegas he dreamed of, there wasn’t a fight that could duplicate the high he closed on with KO’ing Groves twice. An Andre Ward rematch wasn’t in demand and Chavez Jr.’s rep is in tatters. A Golovkin fight would have been great, but not wise for a 38-year-old coming off a year layoff. Same applies for James DeGale.

Froch is a sure-fire Hall of Famer when the time comes. Now we get to sit back and watch him belittle Groves and Calzaghe’s accomplishments in the coming years.

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Jorge Arce has announced another retirement following an 11th round TKO loss last night to WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez.

Arce, fighting in front of his hometown fans of Los Mochis, tried in vain to fight the bigger Gonzalez off the backfoot in the opening two rounds. The champion easily landed with jabs and right hands before catching a lunging Arce with a sweeping left hook for a third round knockdown. In the fifth, Gonzalez deposited Arce on the bottom rope with a left jab-right cross combination. The fight’s third knockdown came in the ninth courtesy of another left hook.

Throught the fight, the battle-worn Arce spit out his mouthpiece to buy time, eliciting point-deduction warnings from referee Johnny Callas. In the 11th, Callas could be heard chastising Arce for unsportsmanlike conduct (“You’re better than this. You have one round left.”)

Arce wouldn’t get to see the final bell. Clearly fighting to survive, the referee called the bout after Gonzalez landed another flush combination, thus ending an Arce comeback that began last year.

Now 35 years old with a professional career dating back to 1996, Arce was firm in stating this was his final bout.

“They told me I was going to get knocked out worse than Abner Mares. I went to war, took good shots, I lasted,” said Arce proudly. “The people were excited and this is what is important. I asked God to allow me to end my career with dignity. Today I am going with my head held high. I never let the people down. I always had wars and here I am.”

If Arce’s retirement holds, he finishes as a four-division champion with a record of 68-8-2 (49 KOs).

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David Haye made the surprise announcement over the weekend that he’ll likely be forced into retirement following extensive surgery to repair his right shoulder.

Haye was preparing to face Tyson Fury on February 8 in a bout that had already been delayed once. Originally scheduled in September, the fight was postponed when Haye suffered a cut in sparring just a week before the bout.

Haye underwent surgery in Germany and released the below statement regarding the seriousness of the injury:

It’s a crushing blow for me. I had big plans to win back the world heavyweight title, something my amazing fans deserve.

The boxing Gods kept hinting that maybe enough is enough and that it’s time to finally hangup my gloves. I’ve been boxing for 23 years now and this has clearly taken a toll on my body. I can only offer my sincerest apologies to all those fans who have followed me over the years and, like me, wanted to finish on a real high.

Fury, who called into question the legitimacy of Haye’s last injury, made a statement on Sunday accusing Haye of always being “afraid” of going through with their contest:

I’m absolutely furious but in all honesty this is exactly what I expected. Everyone knows I was very suspicious when he pulled out the first time and this confirms to me that he’s always been afraid of me and never wanted the fight.

At press time, Fury has not disclosed if he’ll attempt to face another opponent on the February 8 date.

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Back injuries, cuts, hand fractures and shoulder surgery. Haye has had enough fight pull-outs and postponements that any reasonable person would be suspicious. But this is the first time I recall that he’s seriously mentioned having to retire. Fury has every right to be pissed off because Haye had to have known there were issues with his shoulder while negotiating the February 8 date.

Haye hasn’t officially hung up the gloves yet, so we’ll see how this story develops in the coming weeks. Do you believe Haye, or is he crying wolf to set up another big comeback?

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After 18 years in boxing and world titles in two weight classes, Rafael Marquez has announced his retirement for boxing.

Marquez’s decision comes after suffering his second consecutive knockout loss on September 9 against Efrain Esquivias. Marquez also received an orbital fracture in the defeat, which was his third KO loss in his last five fights.

“I was injured during my last bout. I can’t keep fighting like this, so I’ve decided to conclude my career,” Marquez told SecondsOut.com.

Turning pro in 1995, Marquez won his first major title in 2003 with an eighth round knockout over Tim Austin to secure the IBF bantamweight title. He would dominate the division for the next three years, making six successful defenses (five by knockout). He would move up to super bantamweight in 2007 and engage in brutal tetralogy with Israel Vazquez. Marquez would win the WBC super bantamweight title in their first encounter via a seventh round stoppage. They would eventually split the series at two apiece.

Marquez’s last two title attempts were losing efforts to Juan Manuel Lopez in 2010 (RTD8, WBO featherweight), and Toshiaki Nishioka (UD12, WBC super bantamweight) in 2011.

Marquez leaves the ring with a record of 41-9 (37 KOs).

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Those of you who’ve watched boxing long enough will remember a time when Rafael’s brother, Juan Manuel, was considered the “other” Marquez brother. Rafa was that explosive and dominant during his bantamweight run. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a more dramatic action series than his wars with Israel Vasquez.

I would have liked to have seen Marquez pack it in a few years earlier, but I’m nonetheless happy to see a future Hall of Famer begin enjoying his family.