Andre Ward: 9 Fighters Most Likely to Be Living Legends Before Their 30th Fight

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Andre Ward: 9 Fighters Most Likely to Be Living Legends Before Their 30th Fight
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Andre Ward

In boxing, it's not about how many punches are thrown. The statistic that counts is how many land. What counts to boxing fans after that is who those punches were landed against and how hard they were.

The current new crop of boxers go through their careers trying to make every punch count, because there's a realization that they're one bad injury-plagued night from having to quit the sport they love forever.

While the past may have included the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson (173-6-2, 108 KO) fighting 200 times, the future will likely see shorter careers compacted with very good fights while they lasted.

Take for example, Kostya Tszyu (31-2, 25 KO). With only 34 fights (including a no-contest), he managed to carve an intriguing resume.

He blasted many undefeated fighters with their first loss including Zab Judah, Hugo Pineda, Oktay Urkal and many more. Tszyu also knocked out legends such as Julio Cesar Chavez and Jesse James Leija.

Other legends with short careers include James J. Jeffries (19-1-2, 14 KO), whose only loss came after he tried to come back after nearly six years of inactivity.

So here's a look at boxing's next crop of nine who may become living legends before their 30th fight.

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