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 Last update:  9/7/2012       Read more by Keith Idec            &
Chad Dawson Ready: I Won't Be Drained, Dehyndrated
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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 [168]?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 He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

Tags: Chad Dawson , Andre Ward , Ward vs Dawson , Ward-Dawson

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comment by *Boss*, on 09-11-2012
[QUOTE=ThePhantom5]Ward about to have Mosley-Forrest moment. Chad is going to beat the crap out of him.[/QUOTE] Great call !

comment by S IP U IR S xII, on 09-11-2012
[QUOTE=Dyabolic]You have Ward as #1 P4P and Donaire as #4 so I have no interest in debating with you. :lol1: .[/QUOTE] Thats because you are a fan boy who only hugs on the testicles of huge PPV names. You are totally clueless kid. So keep up with alts to save face. :baby::baby:

comment by B.U.R.N.E.R, on 09-09-2012
[QUOTE=Cigarillo]Yawn.... Drained or not. No excuses. You took the fight. No one wanted to see it. No one asked for it. Deal with it. I dont care if hes toothpick tomorrow. No excuses from me. Because this fight coudve waited. Hopefully they are 100%.[/QUOTE] Damn...... Said this to...

comment by NachoMan, on 09-08-2012
Not sure why Dawson constantly downplays the effort he has to make to make this catchweight. If I were him, I'd gripe up and down about how hard it is, just to make myself look like more of a bad-ass if I win (and to give myself a decent excuse if I lose). Chad's all business though, so I do have...

comment by DhymezFMJFan, on 09-07-2012
Your top 5 P4P says (who can beat him soundly) next to Juan Marquez's name... Chris John and Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat him soundly just to answer the question.

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