This week in Northern California fighting was ostensible to start with a Tuesday press discussion during Oakland’s Oracle Arena. The principals were homegrown super middleweight champ Andre Ward and light heavyweight aristocrat Chad Dawson, who will deplane to 168 pounds for a Sept. 8 HBO-televised categorical event.
However, Dawson (31-1-0-2 NC, 17 KOs) was incompetent to attend due to a family illness, causing a presser with Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) to be deferred until a after date. Despite his absence, “Bad Chad” was still permitted for critique progressing in a week to start a wheels branch for a label patrician “World Champions: Made in America.”
“That’s what fighting should be,” Dawson told BoxingScene.com/CSNBayArea.com about his arriving contest. “In a Ward-Dawson fight, we got dual of a best guys, dual universe champions in their groups fighting any other. This right here should be a initial step to move fighting behind to where it should be.”
As a competition approaches a dog days of summer, a past few months have been unpleasant to a honeyed scholarship in that a movement from Floyd Mayweather’s stirring conflict with Miguel Cotto has been quickly dull by a accumulation of hapless occurrences.
Several high-profile bits have depressed apart, and total with Manny Pacquiao’s argumentative detriment to Timothy Bradley, fighting could use a shot in a arm to revive faith in a ubiquitous open and mainstream articulate heads that have zodiacally denigrated it in new days.
Dawson finished his case. “It’s a best fighting a best,” he said. “It’s not like I’m a champion and I’m fighting someone who’s not even ranked or fighting a series 8 contender. He’s series one in his multiplication and I’m series one in my division, and that’s what it’s all about.”
On paper, he’s right. In this epoch of problem when it comes to tangible contra paper champions, and titleholders holding belts hostage, a fans wish to see a best take on a best in their primes and purify out as many weight classes as possible. In a 29-year-old Dawson and a 28-year-old Ward’s particular cases, we have dual group whose résumés pronounce for themselves in that regard.
However, in this instance, there are concerns. The initial one is Dawson’s viability as a super middleweight. It’s been 6 years given a southpaw from New Haven, Conn., finished a 168-pound limit, and a final thing a competition needs is another superfight left badly since one of a combatants doesn’t enter a ring in optimal condition. Dawson discharged such a notion.
“I feel like we can make a weight,” Dawson said. “I know we can make a weight. I’ve been examination Ward. I’ve been following him. we knew that eventually one day we’d be fighting any other. A lot of people didn’t consider it would occur this soon, though we usually kick Bernard [Hopkins]. I’m on tip of a light heavyweight division. we always wanted to go behind to 168 and debate there. we feel like we can do that, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
In further to a additional weight loss, Dawson and his promoter, Gary Shaw, have finished another benefaction in a form of holding a quarrel in Ward’s hometown. With a doubt of removing a satisfactory shake from a judges looming, Dawson was discerning to residence that emanate as well.
“As a fighter, we gotta be assured in your abilities,” Dawson said. “I’m not going to make a large understanding about where a fight’s going to be at. we usually focused on removing a quarrel done. we know I’m assured in my abilities, and we know that Ward’s a good fighter, though we know we can kick Ward.
“That’s since a quarrel got finished so smoothly. That’s since we didn’t make a large understanding about where a quarrel was during since during a finish of a day, it’s usually us in a ring. I’m not going to cry about a officials, a ref and everything. We’ll hoop that when it comes up. I’m prepared to go, and me being a warrior, we consider this will do a lot for my career and move me to a whole ‘nother level.
Dawson afterwards concurred not usually a stress of a matchup to supplement another fulfilment to his legacy, though also a event a hitch will benefaction in terms of building his code as both spoiler and a subsequent American pay-per-view crossover star.
“That’s what me and Ward are fighting for,” Dawson said. “We wish to be in a lineup when they discuss those names as distant as who’s going to be a subsequent pound-for-pound king. we consider this quarrel will do wonders for me.
“A lot of people are looking during Andre Ward to be a subsequent American great. They’re looking during him to be a subsequent pound-for-pound champion after Floyd and Pacquiao. I’m looking to miscarry all that and be a one who does that.”
Of course, to a hardcore observers of a sport, a categorical misgivings per a strife have centered on either a quarrel will be interesting given a dual champs’ inclination to box rather than brawl.
While a former is a unfolding that elicits commend from a purists and is methodically effective, it does not indispensably move out a same view from those who come to see blood and wish to see their heroes take risks.
“I consider it’s going to be an sparkling fight,” Dawson said. “I consider we’re both young. We’re both during a tip of a game, conjunction of us wants to go to a ropes, and we wish this one very, unequivocally bad.
“I don’t consider it’s going to be a snoozer; we consider it’s going to be a war. we don’t consider Ward wants to be hit, and we don’t wish to be hit, so a initial time one of us gets held with something, it’ll open a quarrel adult and hint something, and you’ll get a war.”
Dawson was afterwards pulpy to elaborate on how he vowed to change detractors’ perceptions on how they design this lean to transpire.
“Somebody has to be a bad male in this fight,” he said. “Somebody has to be a aggressor. I’m looking to be both. we mean, I’m looking not so most to be a bad guy, though be a aggressor.
“I’m looking to press a fight. I’m not looking to go out there and make it a snoozefest. we wish it to be exciting. we consider Andre’s going to make it an sparkling quarrel for me, and I’m going to make it an sparkling quarrel for him.”
Tactically, Ward is one of boxing’s best ring generals today. The 2004 Olympian motionless to debate one multiplication heavier than common in Athens, though his comprehension and deception authorised him to win bullion during light heavyweight notwithstanding fighting foes who outweighed him by adult to 10 pounds.
The veteran diversion has been no different, as a widespread Ward warranted 2011 Fighter of a Year honors from a Boxing Writers Association of America for his widespread run to a Super Six contest prize that was capped by his ability to perplex a gifted Carl Froch over 12 rounds notwithstanding violation his left palm mid by a bout.
Dawson was neutral to divulging a vital plans this early in camp, though he still gave a response, as distributed as it was.
“Somebody like Andre, we unequivocally have to mangle him down,” Dawson said. “He’s got a lot of skills, though so do I, and we have a tallness advantage, too. we have to watch fasten with [trainer John] Scully, and come Sep 8, we’ll do what we have to do to win a fight.”
For his part, Dawson can play sniper. He’s a shining multiple puncher and has a peppery handspeed to match—when he decides to spin it on. His craziness in vouchsafing his hands go harm him in 2010, as he found problem bettering to a ambushing character of Jean Pascal, a usually male to understanding Dawson a detriment in a pros.
In all other instances, “fighting his fight” has been sufficient for Dawson, as evidenced by his infancy preference over Bernard Hopkins to explain a 175-pound universe pretension in April. Although Dawson arguably won some-more decisively than was reflected on a cards, many have downplayed a feat deliberation a fact that a destiny Hall of Famer was 47 during a time of their meeting.
Does Dawson feel disrespected by such criticism, or has “Bad Chad” perceived a credit he deserves for his accomplishments to this point?
“Uh, somewhat,” Dawson pronounced with hesitation. “Sometimes we feel we do and infrequently we don’t. Bernard’s a good fighter. we did what we was ostensible to do being a younger guy—throw some-more punches and land some-more punches. we suspicion we got a small credit for it, though this Ward fight, this is a large one. I’ll be removing a credit we merit on Sep 8.”
Ryan Maquiñana writes a weekly fighting mainstay for CSNBayArea.com. He is a full member of a Boxing Writers Association of America and a Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him during email@example.com , check out his blog during Norcalboxing.net, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.