If there were any boxing fans who thought Andre Ward wasn’t one of the pound-for-pound best boxers around right now, his performance against Chad Dawson on Sept. 8 probably won them over.
Ward put on one of the most impressive performances of his career at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., defeating Dawson via TKO in the 10th round.
Dawson actually got off to a good start against Ward, but “S.O.G” made the necessary adjustments early in the fight. Ward sent Dawson to the canvas in the third round, and the Oakland native did it again in the fourth. Ward dominated Dawson from that point on, finally forcing him to take a knee in the 10th round. “Bad” had obviously had enough at that point, and asked referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight.
“I want to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ,” Andre Ward said during the post-fight interview with Larry Merchant. “And all the people that have been praying for me leading up to this fight. … I feel like against the better competition, I rise to the occasion. It wasn’t easy, but it just took my game up. … You can’t play with a guy like Dawson; he’s easily a future hall-of-famer.”
Dawson was visibly disappointed with his performance against Ward, but he remained graceful after the fight.
“He’s a lot faster than I thought he was, strong,” Dawson said immediately after the bout. “He’s a great champion. Like I said, I wanted to fight the best, I fought the best. I take nothing away from him. He’s the best.”
With his impressive performance against Dawson, Ward has solidified his position as one of the elite boxers in the world right now. He indicated his desire to move up to the light-heavyweight division during his post-fight interview. And I don’t see why not, considering the fact he just beat the best 175-pounder in the world.
It certainly seems like Andre Ward is destined for greatness, and it’s just a matter of time before he becomes the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.