By Ryan Burton
Undefeated super middleweight champion Andre Ward has heard the comments made from some members of media who said that they were surprised by his September 8th knockout victory of Chad Dawson. On a recent edition of The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene.com's official audio show, Ward said that we should pay less attention to the press and judge him by his actual fights.
"I don't mean to be rude but I think that a lot of people should stop reading the press so much," Ward stated. "If you watch the fight you see that I am a very physical person. The difference is that in this fight Chad just ran into one and I caught him. I challenge the people to go back and look at my other fights. They will see the same thing."
Ward scored multiple knock downs against Chad Dawson and was on the verge of stopping the Connecticut native in the early rounds of fight. Ward said that he is glad the fight lasted until the 10th round so that he was able to get some rounds in.
"I am happy I got the knockout in the 10th round instead of the second or third round because I needed to get those rounds under my belt. I will say this, I don't think you have seen my best yet. I think I was at 85%. I think the best is yet to come," Ward revealed.
The Oakland, CA native enjoyed the extra attention that the fight received. In addition to the standard media coverage, the fight received an extra boost from HBO that included a 24/7 episode that is usually reserved for pay-per-view fights. He admitted to feeling more pressure than usual and was glad that he was able to put on a spectacular performance.
"You definitely feel the pressure. You see the push that HBO is putting behind you. It costs money to do 24/7's and Faceoffs and the small piece I did with Nick Cannon. You only learn how to deal with those situations by being in those situations. I'm happy that I was able to perform the way I did."
You can listen to the interview in its entirety by clicking here: http://tobtr.com/s/3651969
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