Posted September 09, 2012 on AP on Fox
All that was missing for Andre Ward as he swept through the Super Six tournament and earned the fighter of the year award was a knockout punch. Against Chad Dawson he delivered it. Ward knocked out Dawson in the 10th round with his third knockdown punch of the night to defend his WBC-WBA super middleweight titles Saturday and delight his hometown crowd. ''That's what we needed,'' Ward said. ''A lot of people in boxing are knockout hungry. Everybody wants the knock out. I tell people you can still entertain without a knockout. But a knockout is always great. That's the last piece of the puzzle in my game that - I want to keep working on. This is the first step toward that tonight against a top-of-the-line opponent.'' Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) knocked down Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) late in the third round and early in the fourth to take control of the fight and finished him off with a combination at 2:45 of the 10th. Dawson, the WBC light heavyweight champion, moved down a weight class from 175 pounds to 168 to take on Ward. Dawson also was willing to fight in Ward's hometown of Oakland, where an enthusiastic crowd had previously cheered Ward on to four wins. But Dawson proved to be no match for Ward, who punished the challenger repeatedly with his strong left hand. Ward, the reigning fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, ran through a strong field in the Super Six super middleweight tournament, capping it with a decision over Carl Froch in December that made him the undisputed champion of the weight class. Ward also is the last American to win an Olympic gold medal, doing it in Athens in 2004, and is widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. He showed why against Dawson. But this may have been one of his most impressive bouts. ''I took a big risk fighting the bigger man,'' Ward said. ''He had the advantage in height and reach but he sacrificed the weight. In boxing you have to take a risk to get the prize.'' While both fighters are supremely talented and have accomplished careers, they are not known for knockouts or showy fights. Dawson's last knockout came in 2007, while Ward had not had one since beating Shelby Pudwill in 2009. ''We showed that we can do more than win decisions,'' Ward said. ''I have another gear. I'm in my prime. I feel like I'm coming into my own at a championship level.'' The fight started that way with both fighters feeling each other out rather than punching in the first round. Dawson got a cut over his right eye in the second round and then things really heated up in the third, with both fighters opening up. In the final minute of the round, Ward floored Dawson with a hard left hand. Dawson staggered around for the finish of the round and then got knocked down again by a left hook early in the fourth to the delight of the fans who were pleading for a knockout. Ward was in control the rest of the way, landing 155 power punches to just 29 for Dawson, according to Compubox. He won all nine rounds on one card and eight of nine on the other two before finishing Dawson off with a vicious combination in the 10th round. ''He's a lot faster than I thought he would be,'' Dawson said. ''He was strong too. I can't take anything away from him. He really is one of the best.'' Dawson rebounded from his only career loss in 2010 to Jean Pascal to beat Bernard Hopkins in a unanimous decision in April to become champion once again. After winning that, he called for a bout with Ward and was willing to go on the road and down in weight to get that chance. It didn't pay off and he said he will go back to 175 pounds for his next fight. ''I want to tell you as Chad Dawson's promoter that Andre Ward is one of the best fighters I've ever seen,'' Gary Shaw said. In the co-feature earlier in the night, WBC lightweight titleholder Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KOs) of Mexico beat John Molina Jr. (24-2, 19 KOs) by technical knockout in the first round. Among the celebrities on hand for the fight were career hit king Pete Rose, Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp, Lakers forward Metta World Peace, and boxer Shane Mosley.

Andre Ward beats Chad Dawson by TKO in 10th round

Andre Ward knocked down Chad Dawson three times before winning on a technical knockout in the 10th round to defend his WBC-WBA super middleweight titles Saturday to the delight of his hometown crowd. Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) knocked down Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) late in the third round and early in the fourth to take control of the fight and finished him off with a combination at 2:45 of...

Ward-Dawson results: Fighter quotes, photos & video

In perhaps his best and most dominating performance as a pro, Andre "S.O.G. Ward completely dismantled the naturally bigger WBC Light Heavyweight Champion "Bad" Chad Dawson en route to a stunning 10th-round TKO and successful defense of his WBA & WBC Super Middleweight titles at Oracle Arena. Take a look at complete post-fight coverage, including fighter...

Is Andre Ward the second coming of Roy Jones?

Much to the dismay of hardcore Roy Jones fans, several weeks ago I posed the question of whether Andre Ward was greater than RJJ. That question takes on renewed interest and important in the wake of Andre Ward's stoppage win over light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson, as Ward's victory puts him clearly on the path to eclipsing Roy Jones. Ward TKOs "Bad" Chad ...

Ward vs. Dawson results: Andre Ward dominates to remain undefeated

The majority of fight fans expected Andre Ward to defeat Chad Dawson on Saturday night. That's not a light statement to make -- Dawson is regarded as the top fighter at 175 lbs, and according to our most recent rankings, the #15 pound for pound boxer in the world. Regardless, the statement that was made, and the most lasting impression, is that Ward dispatched of this guy easily...

Ringside reaction: S.O.G. dominates his foe, delights his Oakland fans

Seated amongst the rowdy fans at the Oracle Arena on Saturday night, it seemed as if everyone in the building was screaming “S.O.G! S.OG!” after Andre Ward decisively beat ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson. It will be a sight never to be forgotten in Oakland for decades to come. Even before the fight had started, fans of Oakland’s very own Andre ‘S.O.G’ Ward were chanting his name...

Andre Ward feels he is close to entering Prime, Not surprised Dawson lasted 10 rounds

Last night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Andre Ward proved why he should be considered at the very least the number 2 best pound-4-pound boxer in the world with a total trashing of current light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. Ward would knock down Dawson in rounds three, four and in ten where referee Steve [...]

More Ward-Dawson photos & post-fight quotes

In perhaps his best and most dominating performance as a pro, Andre "S.O.G. Ward completely dismantled the naturally bigger WBC Light Heavyweight Champion "Bad" Chad Dawson en route to a stunning 10th-round TKO and successful defense of his WBA & WBC Super Middleweight titles at Oracle Arena. We know we've been giving you a lot of Ward-Dawson post-fight coverage...

Andre Ward will defeat Chad Dawson by unanimous decision in a couple of hours

WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight champion Andre Ward will defend his belts against WBC Light Heavyweight titleholder “Bad” Chad Dawson tonight at the Oracle Arena in the “Son of God’s” hometown of Oakland, California. Ward (25-0, 13 KOs), … Continue reading →

Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson weigh-in results, photos, video

On Friday afternoon in Oakland, California, Andre Ward and Chad Dawson stepped on the scales for the official weigh-ins for Saturday night's HBO main event, which pits the number 1 fighters in the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions against one another. Check out the complete Ward vs. Dawson weigh-in results right here, including the official weights, a photo...

Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson: Full weigh in video

Fight Hub TV was in Oakland, CA today where Andre Ward and Chad Dawson both weighed in for their super middleweight showdown tomorrow night at the Oracle Arena. Both fighters are in the primes of their careers as one of them look to make history tomorrow night. Also on this undercard Antonio DeMarco will defend [...]

Andre Ward is one of the greatest prizefighters in recent memory

WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight champion Andre Ward battered and bruised WBC light heavyweight titleholder “Bad” Chad Dawson before earning a technical knockout in the 10th round to successfully defend his belts on Saturday night at the Oracle … Continue reading →

3 punch combo: Is Ward better than Pacquiao pound for pound? Quick stoppages taint Klitschko-Charr & DeMarco-Molina

In this week’s three punch combo I will start by analyzing where Andre Ward belongs in the pound for pound rankings following his performance on Saturday.  Next I will take a close look at upcoming prospect Daquan Arnett.  Finally, I will look back at some quick stoppages over the weekend in both the Vitali Klitschko vs. Manuel Charr fight and the Antonio DeMarco vs. John Molina...

Weekend Afterthoughts, Featuring What's Next For Andre Ward, Antonio DeMarco, Tomasz Adamek And ...

Sometimes boxing resembles that old series of Miller Lite commercials, where the rival factions take turns shouting at one another, "Great taste!"/"Less filling!" That's what I like about this Eric Raskin column. It preaches the Miller Lite lesson, "Why not both?"I thought the two sides would stop shouting at each other after Andre Ward's performance...

Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson Live Full Results

Full results from Oakland, CA Andre Ward 168 vs. Chad Dawson 168 Antonio DeMarco 134.25 vs. John Molina Jr. 134.5 Malik Scott 226 vs. Bowie Tupou 260 Franklin Lawrence def. Homero Fonseca via TKO in R7 Ricardo Williams def. Anthony Lenk via MD (58-56, 57-57, 58-56) Randy Guerrero 124 vs. Juan Urbina 119 Tony Hirsch [...]

Gabriel Campillo injured, off NBC Sports card; Rosado vs. Whittaker now main event

Philadelphia's "King" Gabriel Rosado will step up into the main event on Friday, September 21st when "NBCSN Fight Night" returns to the Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. Rosado, ranked #3 in the world among junior middleweights, will take on #2 ranked Charles Whittaker of the Cayman Islands in a bout for the...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.