There is palpable excitement for Saturday night's fight between Chad Dawson and Andre Ward (9:45pm, HBO), and for good reason. In the ring will be two young American fighters with impressive resumes and both with realistic aspirations of topping the pound-for-pound list one day. Both can take a big step towards that with a win this weekend.
The oddsmakers have the undefeated Ward as the favorite. Maybe it's because he's never lost. Maybe it's the home-field advantage, with the fight in his hometown of Oakland. It could be the skill he's shown in going 25-0 since turning pro after winning Olympic gold in 2004. It may even be that Dawson is coming down from 175 pounds (light heavyweight) to 168 (super middleweight) to meet Ward, or even more likely, it is because of all of these reasons.
Yet Dawson, 31-1 himself, and coming off a win over Bernard Hopkins, doesn't believe any of those factors will push the fight in Ward's favor.
"It's a lot of motivation," he said of being the under...