Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Dawson: An Inside Fight Will Be a Short Night For Ward

By Ryan Maquiñana

With only three days to go until his super middleweight title showdown with Andre Ward at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., Chad Dawson and his team arrived in the Bay Area Tuesday afternoon.

The reigning light heavyweight champion, who will descend from 175 to 168 pounds to fight for Ward’s trio of belts, spoke to BoxingScene.com heading into Saturday’s career-defining matchup.

DAWSON ON MOVING DOWN TO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT:

Everything’s good.  I feel good, and I haven’t had any problems coming down in weight. I’m about 173 [pounds] right now, and I’ll be ready for Saturday.

DAWSON’S MESSAGE TO WARD’S HOMETOWN FANS IN OAKLAND:

I’m just coming here to dethrone their champion.  I don’t care about the crowd.  Everybody’s worried about the officials and the refs and everything, but that’s the last thing on my mind.  My main objective is to come in here, and beat Andre Ward—and beat him good.

DAWSON ON EXPECTATIONS THAT HE WILL TRY TO STAY ON THE OUTSIDE WHILE WARD WILL ATTEMPT TO FIGHT IN THE POCKET:

I tell you what.  If he thinks that the fight’s going to be on the inside the whole night, it’s going to be a short night for him.  I tell you that right now.  He’s a good fighter. He’s good at what he does, but I’m better.

DAWSON ON COMPARING HIS WIN OVER BERNARD HOPKINS TO THE MATCHUP WITH WARD, A 3-TO-1 FAVORITE:

In the Bernard fight, I was supposed to win that fight.  I was younger, stronger, and faster.  I had every advantage, so it was supposed to happen.  This is the fight that’s going to make Chad Dawson.

DAWSON ON THE IMPACT OF THIS WIN ON HIS VIABILITY AS THE NEXT AMERICAN SUPERSTAR:

You got the best fighting the best.  It’s not where Andre Ward is the champion and I’m the number three or number four.  This is the real fight.

We’re both on the pound-for-pound list, but we want to be at the top of the pound-for-pound list under Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.  Saying that, it should be a great fight.  If he wants it as much as I want it, and I want it as much as he wants it, it should be a great fight.

TRAINER JOHN SCULLY ON DAWSON’S ABILITY TO FIGHT ON THE INSIDE:

I always said Chad is a very good puncher.  He has potential to be a great body puncher.  I think he’s very strong on the inside, and people subconsciously, when you think of Chad Dawson, you think of a boxer.

When you think of Andre Ward, you think of a guy who can rough you up and adapt, and certain guys just have a stigma, or thought process that people think of when they think of them and they don’t give them credit for other facets of their game.  I don’t think [Chad] is going to be getting outmuscled.  I know you won’t see that.

SCULLY ON WHETHER A WIN ELEVATES HIM INTO THE DISCUSSION OF ELITE TRAINERS:

Boxing is such a surreal thing to me.  I’m just happy people even know my name.  That’s kind of cool.  I’m just happy being part of the whole thing, so whatever comes on top of that is just gravy.

SCULLY’S PREDICTION FOR SATURDAY:

Based off the way Chad’s looking, the way he feels, the way he’s talking, his confidence, I can’t see him losing.  I’m not really a betting man, but if I was to bet, I’d feel very comfortable putting money on Chad Dawson.

PROMOTER GARY SHAW ON WHY THE FAN ON THE FENCE SHOULD BUY A TICKET FOR SATURDAY:

If I have to tell them why they should come out for this card, then they’re not a boxing fan or they’re not interested in entertainment.  They should come out because the first fight of Antonio DeMarco and [John] Molina is going to be a great fight, great fireworks.  And in the main event, with Dawson and in Andre Ward, you have the two best fighters in the world right now.

Everyone’s talking about Mayweather and Pacquiao, Mayweather and Pacquiao.  This is the fight.  This is the fight.  It’s an Olympian, an undefeated fighter in Andre Ward.  It’s a fighter in Andre Ward who’s afraid to leave the Oakland area.  It’s a fight that Chad Dawson, [who] travels, [is] a real throwback fighter.  It’s going to be a great night.

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing producer for NBCOlympics.com and writes a weekly boxing column for CSNBayArea.com.  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected], check out his blog at Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kiaba360 on 09-09-2012

Chad's clocked got cleaned on the inside.

Comment by Boxingwizard on 09-06-2012

[QUOTE=4Corners;12482802]Ward is such an underrated inside fighter....I hope Dawson can handle 168 fine.[/QUOTE] If JCC Jr can make 160 (and he walks around 180 pounds) Dawson can make 168 with no problem. Two weeks ago he was weighing around 176lbs.…

Comment by 4Corners on 09-06-2012

Ward is such an underrated inside fighter....I hope Dawson can handle 168 fine.

Comment by Ringlife on 09-06-2012

This is what i like two see two really good fighters going at it. I am going to have to DVR it. I am on 2nd shift this week I will have to watch it when I get home.

Comment by SkillspayBills on 09-05-2012

Dawson just has alot of thingsa gainst him this fight. The location, the new weight, being the underdog....if he pulls this one out it will be legendary. This one will be close indeed.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (30)
Top Headlines Joseph Parker Views Fury Bout as First Step in Big Overseas Run Mikey Garcia Serious: I'd Go To 154 For Miguel Cotto in December Photos: Jorge Linares, Luke Campbell Come Together at Workouts News: Michael Dutchover, Josh Crespo, Dennis Hobson, More Conor McGregor May Help in Push To Extend Ali Act To MMA Wilder: I Don't Want to Hear Luis Ortiz Is Old After I Beat Him Arum Eyes Crawford-Horn, Pacquiao Rejects Rematch in Australia Video: Deontay Wilder Discusses Luis Ortiz Clash Photos: Dorticos, Kudryashov - Face To Face at Final WBSS Presser Lipinets-Kondo IBF 140-Pound Title Fight on Wilder-Ortiz Card Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Face To Face at Final Presser Photos: Oscar Valdez, Genesis Servania - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz - NY Press Conference Roach: I Had Golovkin Win By 2, Tough To Beat Canelo in The U.S. UKAD Responds To Tyson Fury Over Claims on Delaying Ruling News: Ivan Dychko, Nico Hernandez, Ruben Villa, More Wilder: Luis Ortiz is The Boogeyman - He's Getting Knocked Out! Josh Taylor vs. Miguel Vazquez on November 11 in Edinburgh Tony Bellew Tells David Haye on Rematch: I Oblige You! LIVE STREAM: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz - NY Press Conference Dereck Chisora Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn Jake LaMotta, The Raging Bull, Passes Away at 95 Bellew Warns That He May End David Haye in First 10 Seconds Sergey Kovalev: I'm Not Broken Mentally From TKO Loss to Ward Golovkin's Trainer Explains Lack of Body Work Against Canelo Daniel Jacobs: If Canelo Got a Draw - Then I Beat Golovkin! Corcoran: When I beat Jeff Horn, I'll face Bradley Skeete no problem Hughie Fury Vows To Stop Parker After Canelo-Golovkin Scoring Conor Benn Pumped To Return on Crolla vs. Burns Card Ingle Very Pleased With Billy Joe Saunders' Win Over Monroe Lolenga Mock Gets New Foe, Manny Siaca Forced To Withdraw Sanchez on Canelo: I Thought He Don't F*** Around? He Ran! Donaire Had Flashbacks Over Canelo-Golovkin Scoring By Byrd Jesse Hart: I've Been Waiting Patiently To Become a Superstar Mario Barrios Stops Naim Nelson in Seven Rounds Golovkin's Promoter: Dallas Should Be Frontrunner For Rematch Miguel Cotto Exec: Canelo-GGG Outcome Does Not Alter Plans Photos: Oscar Valdez Putting in Work For Genesis Servania Bout Canelo's Manager Not Sure if Golovkin Rematch Happens in May Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Open Workouts
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement