The sport of boxing is one fire once again.
From a very busy month of September, that saw Shawn Porter reclaim his championship status by narrowly defeating Danny Garcia, Canelo Alvarez upset Gennady Golovkin in an epic rematch, and Anthony Joshua lay a TKO on former champion Alexander Povetkin, the sport continues to push forward.
And the rest of this year is no exception, as some notable big fights are on the horizon. One matchup that stands out is of course the December 1st heavyweight title brawl on SHOWTIME pay per view between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former lineal champion Tyson Fury. The two men are presently wrapping up a memorable three-city press tour that saw them take their antics to London, New York, and Los Angeles today.
Wilder vs. Fury will take place from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and it’s a fight that will shift the heavyweight division. The winner will also be looked at as an ideal candidate to face off with IBF, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua sometime in 2019 in an all-stakes showdown that will give us a unified champion.
Three weeks prior, another pivotal matchup takes place, as unified (IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO) cruiserweight champion Alexandr Usyk faces off with former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew in Manchester. Usyk is on a roll and everyone assumes that this will the Ukrainian’s last fight at cruiserweight before moving up to the heavyweight division.
Usyk is another figure who has expressed interest in a big showdown with Joshua, as he claims that is his ultimate goal. But with so much going on in the sport these days near the cruiserweight and heavyweight ranks, one has to wonder if former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Andre Ward is itching for a comeback?
Ward, of course, retired undefeated last year after a pair of back-to-back victories over former champion Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas. In the first encounter, Ward recovered from a second round knockdown before rallying late to win a razor-thin unanimous decision. In the rematch, Ward was more dominant, stopping Kovalev in the eighth round.
Ward’s trainer Virgil Hunter had expressed interest, post-Kovalev, about his fighter possibly facing Joshua sometime in the future. And Ward himself has also shown interest in a showdown with Bellew at cruiserweight. If you ask Ward himself, he will tell you that he is staying retired, but you know he will likely be paying close attention to the two matches on November 10th and December 1st.
Ward has been staying active in boxing, however, as he has been an announcer on HBO calling fights while also being closely connected to the new Contender series on Epix.
In a recent Instagram post, Ward revealed that he is actually working on a new documentary, Unguarded, about his retirement from the sport, as he stated the following on September 21st.
“A year ago today I walked away from the sport of boxing at the top of my game. Since then I’ve been working on a documentary to answer the question ‘Why?’”
Who knows what Andre Ward has left in his tank or if he is really done with boxing. But like so many champions before him, you can guarantee that he hunger and fire is still burning inside of him.