Andre Ward Punishes Chad Dawson For a Ten Round TKO

By Rick Reeno

Oracle Arena, Oakland, California - In a brilliant, career-defining performance, WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs) dropped Chad Dawson (31-2, 17KOs) three times to score a tenth round TKO victory. Dawson, the WBC champion at light heavyweight and considered one of the best boxers in the game, moved down in weight to challenge Ward.

It was a chess match in the first two rounds, as expected, with Dawson having the slight edge. Dawson suffered a cut above his right eye, from a clash of heads, somewhere in the second.

In the third, Ward caught Dawson as he came inside and scored a flash knockdown. Early in the fourth, Ward caught Dawson with a looping left hand that he never saw coming and it put him down for a second time. Dawson beat the count, but this time he was seriously hurt and came close to being stopped as Ward poured on the punishment but couldn't put him away.

In the fifth, Ward went back to boxing, but Dawson was starting to regain his senses. Dawson did better work in the sixth, yet Ward controlled the action and picked his spots. By the eigth round, Dawson was back to taking more punishment and he appeared to be physically spent, as Ward was ripping him with punches on the inside.

Dawson continued to take damage in the ninth and had no answers in the tenth. Ward was unloading with hard accurate punches to the head and working Dawson over on the inside. During the tenth round action Dawson went down from a series of hard shots - and this time referee Steve Smoger had seen enough and stopped the fight as the arena went wild.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 09-11-2012

I called Ward winning and making it look easy, but I did not expect a TKO. Bravo, Andre. You are in my top 3 P4P without a doubt.

Comment by mushahadeen on 09-10-2012

I expected a boring, 12 round SD. I was beyond impressed.

Comment by Mike_R on 09-10-2012

Ward is great, definitely the future of marquee names in boxing. That said I would like to see a rematch at 175 lbs for Dawson's title. I still think Ward beats Dawson- but the guy that showed up on Saturday…

Comment by simms601 on 09-10-2012

[QUOTE=check hook;12491605]Don't understand why fighters compromise their legs, chin and it really worth the 600k he got? He'd have been better off making the fight at 75 and getting 300k instead as a sweetener to get Ward to move…

Comment by Ringlife on 09-10-2012

I give props to Ward for fighting Dawson and getting the TKO.I also give Props to Dawson for going down in weight and wanting to fight the best at 168. Dawson showed a lot of class in defeat did not…

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