Sunday, May 17, 2015
Enough Of The Andre Ward Bashing!
First things first. Andre Ward is not the world's most thrilling fighter to watch. What's more, he's waited way too long to fight someone new. On top of that he needs to get in the ring with top level opposition ASAP after his first tuneup match on Black Entertainment Television this spring. Now, with all that out of the way, allow me to say something that I think is in desperate need of being said:
Enough of the Andre Ward bashing!
Seriously, the dude is an amazing fighter. What's more, if he shows he doesn't have much ring rust in his comeback bout, he'll still be an amazing fighter. Unfortunately, that will just make people hate him more - though it's hard to see that even being possible at this point. I've seen and heard all sorts of crap about Ward lately, especially now that he's about to fight on BET.
Indeed, some apparently think it's cool to make jokes about the guy eating watermelon, consuming fried chicken, and smoking menthols. Look, I'm not one of these politically correct types who screams and yells whenever he thinks it's trendy to, but, as far as I'm concerned, that's the sort of humor punks employ. It's low, and it pisses me off.
Smoking menthols. The only thing Andre Ward is going to be smoking is anyone who steps in the ring with him not named Golovkin or Kovalev. And who knows, he just might smoke them, too. Know why? Because he's good. Real good. Close to the best in the world good. If people don't like him, they can cheer for the other guy, just like everyone on the planet cheers for whoever the Patriots are playing on autumn Sundays.
Not liking a fighter's style is fine. Not liking a fighter for no good reason on earth is just sad, especially when that fighter is as good as Andre Ward is.