Boxing Champion Andre Ward to Get Documentary Treatment at Showtime

Boxer Andre Ward (Credit: Showtime via Andre Ward)

A new documentary examining the life of undefeated boxing champion Andre Ward is coming to Showtime, the network announced Thursday.

As an amateur, Ward won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympics. After turning pro, he held multiple world titles in two weight classes. But Ward shocked the boxing world when he announced his retirement in September 2017 at the age of 33.

Here’s the official description of the film on his life: “The undefeated, five-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist reveals his untold story in a deeply personal account of his journey from a turbulent childhood in Oakland, Calif., through the pressures of world championship expectations and ultimately to his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend.”

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Now 38 and a father of five, Ward says he’s been waiting for the right moment and the right platform to tell his story.

“I always knew that one day I would tell my story in my own words,” Ward said in a statement. “I pull back the curtain on my parents’ struggles with addiction, the lure of the street life following my father’s death, and my battles with the sport of boxing itself. This film will detail how I rose above it all through my faith, determination and desire to leave my own unique legacy no matter the cost.”

The documentary also includes interviews with Ward’s family members, his longtime trainer and godfather Virgil Hunter, as well as key figures from the sports and entertainment worlds.

The untitled Showtime Sports film is produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted brand. Rachel Neubeck directs and executive produces. Co-executive producers include LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson, Philip Byron, and Matt Rissmiller.

The documentary will premiere on Showtime in early 2023.