The Andre Ward retirement news has come out of nowhere as the 33 year old elite boxer has decided to go out early, and on top.

Live reaction is coming in everywhere around the boxing world at the moment to the news that one of it’s most skilled fighting sons has hung up the gloves.

American Andre Ward achieved everything in boxing, both as an amateur and a professional.

He highlighted this as one of the main reasons behind his decision along with concentrating on his new broadcasting career and his family in the future.

Ward will remain in the boxing game somewhat though. He is involved in the sport as a manager already for some fighters of note.

One notable fighter that stands out in this regards is Shakur Stevenson – who hired Ward and others to guide his career as a management team when he turned pro with promoters Top Rank in the not too distant past.

The reactions have been pouring in so far from stunned fight fans to the Andre Ward retirement news – here is some of the live reaction so far on Twitter:

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