By John J. Raspanti, DoghouseBoxing.com. In his seven years as a professional fighter Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) has heard many descriptions of his boxing style. ‘He gets the job done,’ they’d say or, ‘he wins ugly.’ On Saturday night in Oakland, Calif., Ward did more then just get the job done.
The WBC and WBA super
middleweight champion impressively stopped light heavyweight champion
Chad Dawson in the tenth round at a rocking Oracle Arena.
Ward worked the body exclusively in round one. Dawson stalked but was unable to find Ward.
A counter right in round two connected on Ward’s chin. Ward landed a solid left. Dawson worked more behind his jab and landed.
round three Ward came out jabbing. The length of Dawson was a problem.
Ward found Dawson’s body with a right. A Ward left hook knocked Dawson
down for a three count. Dawson got up with a shocked look on his face.
an explosive fourth round, Ward knocked Dawson again with a sharp left
hook to the head. The light heavyweight champion was obviously hurt.
Ward’s sharp jab had turned the tide of the fight. Dawson’s legs still
looked rubbery. Ward tried to finish the fight once and for all. Dawson
stuck out his jab and tried to survive. Ward staggered Dawson but
couldn’t follow up at the bell.
Ward kept utilizing his sharp jab
in round five. Dawson countered with hard left to Ward’s chin. Ward
landed two flush left hands on Dawson’s chin. His left hook was paying
In round six Ward stalked a backpedaling Dawson. Dawson found Ward’s chin with a long left that had no effect.
seven saw Ward contine to box and pounce. He would jab his way in and
throw a combination and get out. Dawson had no answer. Ward landed two
jolting rights. Dawson was able to connect with a sharp left. Ward was
still jabbing effectively.
In round eight, Ward went back to the
body of Dawson. Ward landed two inside hooks. Dawson went for the home
run and missed. Ward showed off his inside game by raking Dawson with
two hooks near the ropes.
Round nine started slowly but picked up
steam. Dawson was now looking for the knockout. Ward was a step faster.
Dawson was staggered again by a sharp left hand. Dawson wouldn’t quit
thought. He landed a crisp combination that surprised Ward.
pushed Dawson into the ropes in Round 10. Both fighters looked a bit
worn. Ward landed a combination - punctuated by a hook that knocked
Dawson down for the third time in the bout. Dawson was hurt and
exhausted. He got up at six but referee Steve Smoger had seen enough.
“In this game you have to take risks,” said Ward who scored his first knocked victory in four years.
“Chad Dawson is a monster,” added Ward.
“He’s a helluva of a fighter,” said the gracious Dawson. "I’m not going to take anything away from him.”
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