Several questions to consider regarding Ward vs Dawson: Will Dawson make the weight cut to 168lbs? Does he have the style to dethrone Ward? Can this be a super fight fans are waiting for this year?
Chad Dawson takes time from his schedule to answer those questions and more.
HBO is giving Ward vs. Dawson PPV level treatment with the production of their award winning boxing series 24/7. The documentary covering the fighters titled “Road to Ward vs. Dawson.” gave viewers an inside look to both fighters commitment to their craft and their families. On sept. 8 fans are hoping to see their commitment to fighting shine and provide a super fight that has been absent in the sport so far this year.
Chad Dawson, a champion at Light Heavyweight is making a weight cut to 168 lbs to challenge Andre Ward for his super middleweight world title. Many question the possibility of Dawson making that cut and making the limit when he hits the scales at Oakland City Center, site of the open weigh-ins.
“Cutting weight was not difficult,” Dawson says, “I am expecting to make it easy. All I have to do was diet and run an extra mile during road work.” Due to Dawson’s strong work ethic in the gym the champion was always comfortable and happy making the 175lb limit. “At 75 I eat what I want. Now that I am eating healthier my body is reacting in a positive way, but I am mad and grouchy that I can’t eat some of the things I enjoy,” jokes, the champion.
According to Dawson the weight cut is not an issue but rather an opportunity to find the best fights out there with the options of two divisions. Dawson views the 168 lbs division as loaded with talent and actually feels some fighters in that division are willing to move up to create great fights at both divisions.
Andre Ward presents a tough style to face; he proved that in his run through the Super Six tournament that earned him recognition as 2011’s Fighter of the year. Along with that follows a claim that Ward is dirty especially fighting on the inside. Dawson is no push over and has been in the ring with tough and crafty veterans like Antonio Tarver, Glen Johnson and Bernard Hopkins. Yet, the oddsmakers believe Ward will have an advantage and have labeled Dawson the underdog.
“They are making the wrong bet,” said Dawson, “I am excited about the position I am in, it adds fuel to the fire. We are two young fighters with a lot to lose and a lot to gain and that turns into a fight people want to see.” In regard to Ward’s reputation of rough tactics in the ring Dawson says, “We will judge that in the Ring September 8”
Friday September 7 fans are encouraged to attend a Fan Fest at Oakland City Center. Corona, official sponsor of Ward vs. Dawson will host a beer garden along with other activities. Fans can also view the weigh-ins live at 2:30.
Ward vs. Dawson “Made in America” features a 12-round World Championship bout between Super Middleweight World Champion, Andre Ward and Light Heavyweight World Champion, Chad Dawson as well as a co-featured lightweight championship bout between Antonio DeMarco and John Molina Jr. The night of boxing will take place Sept 8 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. live on HBO World Championship Boxing (9:45 p.m., ET/PT).