A year ago, Andre Ward was a fairly respected boxer. I say fairly because many questioned his chin. Nearly no one thought he had a chance of winning Showtime's Super Six Tournament.
Today, after two excellent performances, he's the hands on favorite.
More importantly, boxing may have found its newest star. Andre has shown he can box, has ring intelligence and isn't afraid to trade punches. In the ring, he's fun to watch.
Outside the ring he's even better. He has quickly become many fans' and media's favorite boxer. Despite fistic glory, he remains humble, committed to his craft and to using his role model status to positively impact others.
I've seen first hand his effect on people. After spending an hour in the studio with me last January, those in the building were buzzing about it for weeks.
The real test will come this Thursday night, when he is in the studio with me again as special co-host. You see, my two kids will be there as well.
As those of you who listen to the show know, my 9 year old couldn't care less about boxing. He has met world champions and shown has much interest as if he met a group of accountants. Actually, he'd prefer the accountants. He likes math.
If Andre can impress my son, he is boxing's next great star.
No pressure or anything.
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