With an impressive 70% of the total votes, Andre Ward is hands down the 2011 Fighter of the Year as voted by the fans and top writers of the Bleacher Report.
With one-sided dominating clinic performances against former champions Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch, and winning the historical Showtime's Super Six Classic Super Middleweight Tournament unifying the highly regarded WBC and WBA division titles, Ward has accomplished by far the most than any other fighter within the 2011 calendar year.
Add on top of that his brilliant outclassing victory against Froch with an injured left hand that was already broken a month before the actual fight. Ward has the true heart of a champion. Many, if not most fighters, would often pull out of fights for lesser injuries or at least suffer in their performance and use that as a scapegoat right after.- King J
Andre Ward finished the Super Six Classic created by Showtime to create a superstar. Ward defeated Arthur Abraham in the semi-finals back in May. Then Ward gave British warrior Carl Froch the most dominating beating of his career and all with a broken left hand.
In his victory over Froch, Ward collected the WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championships as well as the Super Six trophy to sit besides his WBA world title.
With all these accomplishments accumulated from the Super Six tournament, his next great challenge for 2012 will be one-upping his historic 2011, a hard feat indeed.
Considering how Ward continues to grow in his increasingly great performances in the ring, 2012 could definitely become another “year of the Ward”. - Justin Tate
Andre Ward. Made serious strides towards complete lockdown of an extremely competitive division. When you look at the guys he beat, and the guys that those guys beat, and consider how he beat them all with ease, it really was a great year, and it seriously advanced his career.- Briggs Seekins
Andre Ward – A pound-for-pound great waiting to happen, who avoids nobody (take note, Manny and Floyd).- Stewart Flaherty