Ward proves that he’s unstoppable at 168 in easily beating Dawson
By Dan Ambrose: Right now the skies the limit for WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KO’s) after he effortlessly defeated Bad Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) by a 10th round TKO on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
This fight proved that there’s no one that can touch the 28-year-old Ward right now. If Dawson, the best fighter at light heavyweight, can’t beat Ward then there probably isn’t a fighter at 168 that can touch him, at least for now. Ward has already proven that he’s better than some of the other top super middleweights like Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Sakio Bika and Carl Froch.
The only ones remaining at this point are Thomas Oosthuizen, Andre Dirrell, Adonis Stevenson, Kelly Pavlik, Lucian Bute, Don George and Edwin Rodriguez. My guess is Ward would dominate all of those guys without too many problems. Stevenson, a hard punching southpaw with amazing hand speed and explosive power, might be the only guy out of the bunch that might have a chance against Ward but it would only be a puncher’s chance.
Dawson was just hopefully lost tonight against Ward. Dawson was knocked down a grand total of three times in the fight before quitting in the 10th round after yet another knockdown. Ward looked at times like he was carrying Dawson because he seemed to let up on him after knocking him down in the 3rd and 4th rounds from big left hand shots to the head.
Dawson kept trying but he didn’t have the power, speed or boxing skills to compete with Ward in this fight. It was just a plain old fashioned backside whipping that Ward gave Dawson and was a big surprise. No one would have guessed that Dawson would lose as badly as he did tonight.