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When Andre Ward knew he could take a punch

Updated: December 2, 2011, 12:36 PM ET
By Andrew Pentis

This article appears in ESPN The Magazine's Dec. 12, 2011 "Interview Issue."

WHO: Andre Ward, WBA super middleweight champion CRED CHECK: Ward (24-0) is scheduled for his fourth title defense on Dec. 17 in Atlantic City, N.J., against Carl Froch (28-1).

"The first memory I have of getting my bell rung and bouncing back was sparring with my brother, Jonathan Ward. I was 10 when I took up boxing, and he was 11. He was taller, had better range -- and a really ...

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