James Prince, a longtime manager for Andre Ward, isn’t dismissing the idea of the 34-year-old fighter coming back to the ring, as he told Spencer Fearon on the Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast.
From Sky Sports:
“You never know, there may be a ‘to be continued’ situation. Andre is a retired fighter right now. I believe that all things are possible. I’ll leave it at that. All things are possible, if the right situation is presented, is allowed, you never know.”
One of the things recently mentioned by promoter Eddie Hearn was a situation where Ward could return as a cruiserweight, something he thinks could tempt current undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk to stay at that weight a bit longer.
Ward (32-0, 16 KO) won world titles at 168 and 175 pounds, and retired last year after back-to-back wins against Sergey Kovalev. Moving up another weight class to challenge a naturally bigger man with great boxing skills who’s in his prime would be a pretty bold move, even for someone as good as Ward. Of course, someone as good as Ward is the type of person who can pull it off, too.
I think because it’s boxing and fighters retire and come back all the time, there is still the expectation that Ward will fight again. But by all accounts he was good with his money, he’s had work still involved with the sport as an analyst. So what would drive him back would be that itch to compete, and I think it’d have to be something special — and something with a big payday.