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Ward vs. Dawson Update; Lopez Inks For Victor Ortiz

By Ryan Maquiñana

Promoter Dan Goossen has advised BoxingScene.com that WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13KOs), and WBC light heavyweight king Chad Dawson (31-1, 17KOs), have agreed to terms for a fight on September 8th. Dawson would come down 168 to meet Ward for the WBC/WBA titles.

Goossen and Dawson's promoter, Gary Shaw, are still working out the details for the venue and location - with Oakland, Los Angeles and Atlantic City in the running. HBO will televise.

Additionally, Goossen informed BoxingScene that Josesito Lopez (29-4, 7KOs) has officially signed the contract to fight former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22KOs) on June 23rd at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The contract has already been submitted to Golden Boy Promotions, who promote Ortiz. Showtime will televise the fight.

As previously reported, Lopez replaces former champion Andre Berto, who tested positive for a banned substance in a random drug test administered by VADA [Volunteer Anti-Drug Association].

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mars Volta on 05-22-2012

[QUOTE=joesaiditstrue;12157613]josesito lopez, smfh. i miss boxing of the 80's and part of the 90's where promoters didn't protect their fighters so ****ing much, the **** fights they're churning out lately is some of the worst i've ever seen and i've…

Comment by dawidcymerman on 05-22-2012

Lopez's gonna get smashed. 10 rounds.

Comment by lukcyuno on 05-22-2012

Yall always trying to dictate where SOMEONE SHOULD FIGHT if Chad Dawson agree to 168 (Which he said he wants to do come down after young champions) then whats the ****ing problem GOOD FIGHT AT 175 or 168 doesnt matter

Comment by b0ndsj0ns20 on 05-22-2012

I don't see why people have a problem with this being at 68. Dawson is the one who proposed it being at 68. It's not like Ward made that demand, he just accepted it like he rightfully should have. Maybe…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 05-22-2012

[QUOTE=zuldo;12156267]Jsfd26....who knows bro dawson may be comfortable at a 168...lets wait n see.....[/QUOTE] People who've seen him in person say he's huge. I mean he might be able to make 168 but what if dehydrates back up too much? That…

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