Ward "blessed and honoured" as he tops BM P4P poll

Luke G. Williams
30/06/2017 10:15am

Former super middleweight and current light heavyweight world champion Andre Ward has said he is "blessed and honoured" to be recognised by Boxing Monthly online as the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

In the latest survey of BM's P4P panel, Ward was awarded top place in every single writer's personal top ten, making him the unanimous choice to succeed our previous P4P ruler Roman Gonzalez.

The 33-year-old Ward said: "I am blessed and honoured to be recognised by Boxing Monthly [online] as the current best fighter in the world.

"I've worked on my craft for the last 23 years, trying to maximise my potential, and push myself to hopefully one day be named amongst the greats. Nothing is promised in boxing, and no one owes you anything, so to be able to reach this level is not something I take lightly.

"It is both an honour and a privilege to be unanimously recognised by a respected Boxing Monthly panel, and I hope to wear this mantle as I should, with class and integrity."

Earlier this month, Ward defeated light-heavyweight rival Sergey Kovalev by eighth-round TKO to extend his perfect record as a professional pugilist to 32-0 (16 KOs).

Among the boxers Ward has defeated in his stellar professional career thus far are Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Chad Dawson, Sullivan Barrera and the aforementioned Kovalev (twice).

Prior to turning pro, Ward also enjoyed a hugely successful amateur career, culminating in an Olympic gold medal at the 2004 games in Athens.

bmP4p 3The full Boxing Monthly online P4P top ten is as follows:

1. Andre Ward - 100 points
2. Vasyl Lomachenko - 79 points
3. Gennady Golovkin - 70 points
4. Terence Crawford - 65 points
5. Roman Gonzalez - 57 points
6. Guillermo Rigondeaux - 44 points
7. Manny Pacquiao - 39 points
8. Saul Alvarez - 30 points
9. Shinsuke Yamanaka - 16 points
10. Sergey Kovalev - 15 points

NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Martin Chesnutt.

Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.