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With every fight, Ward gaining valuable experience inside the ring

Despite winning a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, Andre Ward's development has been a steady climb. Has the promising Olympian made a full transition from the amateur ranks?

Originally Published: June 20, 2008
By George Willis | Special to ESPN.com

It was an unusual Father's Day for Andre Ward. Instead of spending time at his home in Oakland, Calif., with his three children (including brand-new daughter, Amira Lecian), Ward was what seemed like a zillion miles away in the Cayman Islands preparing for his next step toward a world title.

"This is the hardest part of what I do," Ward told ESPN.com. "The physical aspect can be grueling and demanding, but leaving my family, that's the hard part of my job, especially under the circumstances."

Ward, ...

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