So, this morning (for me since I am currently living in Beijing), I witnessed the last question mark of Andre Ward's super middleweight legacy erased. He has beaten them all; Kessler, Froch, Abraham, Bika. We need not ask questions about the likes of Dirrell and Taylor. There was one final pawn left on the board on his way to Super Middleweight checkmate that stood in the form of Lucian Bute.
Carl Froch dominated Bute. We all saw that spectacular 5th round TKO and realized that this would-be megafight between Bute and Ward is at this point, pointless. There is no one up and coming in super middleweight that threatens to take the reins from Ward (I for one would not have any interest in seeing him face the likes of Steiglitz Balszay etc. Let's all hope that this fight with Chad Dawson is made, and it is made at Light Heavyweight. This way Ward begins his ascension as a multi division champion.
Ward will one day be the P4P king. So, the world of boxing needs him to be versatile and fight the best of the best in a couple of weight classes. However, there is no way Ward can take off 8 pounds and fight guys like Martinez and Chavez in middleweight, so Light Heavy will have to be his next wheelhouse. I have not a doubt in my mind that he could unify every title in light heavy within the next few years.
Also, super middleweight needs him to leave unless they want to have a Klitschko problem on their hands. It is pretty clear that none of the top guys can beat Ward, but if he moves up, so does the super middleweight division. We will see the unification rematch between Kessler and Froch, watch Abraham try to come back. See all the new blood have tough competition and the division will always have a lineal champion as the guys in it seem pretty willing to fight one another. If someone kings SM, then there is nothing Ward from coming back down to at least a catchweight.
In the end, it all gets better when Ward is at 175, probably even for Ward. He has kids, and can eat ice-cream at their birthdays.