By Keith Idec
Chad Dawson doesnít anticipate any issues Friday when he steps on the scale in Oakland, Calif., for his super middleweight title fight Saturday night against Andre Ward.
The 30-year-old Dawson hasnít had to make the 168-pound limit in 6Ĺ years, yet contends he feels ďgreatĒ as his 12-round fight with Ward at Oracle Arena approaches (HBO; 9:45 p.m. EDT).
ďA lot of people donít understand that I come into training camp at 178, 180 pounds,Ē Dawson said. ďI came into this camp at 180 pounds. Like I told everybody before, itís not hard for me to make the weight. I put another extra mile on my run. Iím dieting, and thatís something that I havenít done in years, and thatís diet.
ďWhen I was fighting at light heavyweight, I was able to eat what I wanted and still go in and make the weight. So this camp, it was great. It just made me a little meaner, the fact that I canít eat what I want and had to diet. So Iím ready for the weigh-in. Iíll jump on the scale at 167, probably, 168 pounds. And Iíll prove everybody wrong, the people who think Iím not going to make weight, that Iíll be drained and dehydrated. Thatís not the case at all.Ē
Dawson dropping a division is large part of why the skilled southpaw from New Haven, Conn., is as much as a 4-1 underdog, according to some handicappers. The WBC light heavyweight championís trainer, John Scully, believes oddsmakers, Ward fans and everyone else doubting Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs, 2 NC) because he moved down is making a mistake.
ďIn other training camps, I didnít monitor the food at all,Ē Scully said. ďSo I kind of assumed that he was dieting and eating the proper foods. And then, for this fight, I said, ĎHey, are you sure youíre going to make ?í He said, ĎListen, all Iíve got to start to do is eating good.í I didnít realize that before, when we fought Hopkins, he beat Hopkins on a diet that I wouldnít have chose.
ďSo now that heís eating the proper foods, after discussing it with [one of Dawsonís assistants], it appears that itís not going to be a problem at all. Iíve read a lot of blogs and people that are really focused on this weight thing, but I really think itís a misguided direction of energy because I just donít think itís an issue.Ē
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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