Originally Posted by TheGreatA
I'd prefer to see Ward's fight against Dawson before making any outrageous statements regarding his level of ability.
No disrespect to him, but outside of Froch and Kessler, who are not the most versatile fighters out there, he hasn't faced much high level opposition yet. The likes of Miranda, Abraham and Bika will be mere footnotes in history and capturing grinding decisions over them won't be seen as a huge feat.
You can make the case that Toney didn't face many inside fighters as good as Ward, but Ward hasn't really faced anybody with much infighting ability. He has been able to rough-house opponents who aren't used to it. Not that Dawson is any different, but if he is able to beat another top level opponent without effort then anybody has to admit that he is class.
I'm not for one about the "home team" thing. But Let's be honest. Adamek has fought how many times out in the Prudential Center?
If Dawson comes out here to California, drop's a weight class, and beats Ward?
Well, tip of my cap.
But have any of the fights Ward has had out here been close? Enough to question?
Good to see you around by the way, GreatA.