Andre Ward really is #1. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
"I want to thank God for giving me the strength to put in the work year after year to get to this point. I also want to thank my manager, James Prince, my promoters Antonio Leonard and Dan Goossen, everyone who is a part of Team Ward, including all of my family, friends, and loyal fans who have been behind me all these years. This award is just as much for them as it is for me.
"Even in the midst of receiving this tremendous award, Team Ward is not going to let up. In 2012 and beyond we're going to push forward, and God willing we can be considered for these awards every year. It's easy to get comfortable at a time like this, but I can assure everybody that I'm going to continue to put in the work to be the best that I can be. I'm going to stay humble, keep God first, and with that: the best is yet to come."
On Virgil Hunter winning Trainer of the Year:
"I'm very happy for my trainer and Godfather, Virgil, for winning this prestigious award. I'm probably more excited for him than I am for myself. I've always wanted him to win this award because he is one of the hardest working trainers in the game."
"Since the day we signed Andre from his Olympic gold medal performance, to this past December beating Froch, he has been a complete joy to work with, as well as his whole team. The crazy thing is I don't believe Andre has scratched the surface of where he's headed. Inside the ring he's vicious; outside the ring he's classy and humble. Simply said, he's the future."
"I'm thrilled for Virgil. He deserves to be mentioned with the top trainers in the sport today, and like Andre, I believe the best is yet to come."
Ward also won the 2011 Fighter of the Year award from the Bad Left Hook staff.