Ward vs. Best 168 lbers in Boxing History
Andre Ward has not achieved all-time great status yet, but he is well on his way. The undefeated Olympian now reigns supreme as the Super Six tournie winner and the clear top dog in his division. The only meaningful fight remaining for Ward at 168 lbs in the foreseeable future is Lucian Bute, as his wins have had such a landslide character as to obviate the need for any rematches.
So, "S.O.G." isn't a candidate for truly historic status just yet, but like Sergio Martinez, his accomplishments thus far speak for themselves and beg the question of how Ward would in fantasy fights with the established greats.
Furthermore, some might question the point of even discussing all-time greats in an a-historic division like super middleweight. That is a grave error, because while the division isn't old, it is illustrious. The division was red hot in the 1990s, and with only a brief interval where it became merely above avera...