Chad Dawson | Is he risking too much?Written by Mark Havey
Tonight, Bernard Hopkins conqueror Chad Dawson (31-1-0-2, KOs 17) faces off against the talented Andre Ward (25-0-0, KO 13 KOs).
For Chad Dawson, the road is perilous, but the rewards are unparalleled. Its well-known that Dawson has experienced difficulty filling seats and arousing the passion of fight fans - But that could all change tonight.
This fight shows us what kind of champion Chad Dawson is, and is symbolic of his competitiveness. He has the heart of a champion and isn't content to just defend his WBC Light Heavyweight belt.
He wants to scale new heights and constantly challenge himself.
Chad Dawson's apparent zest for title expansion and dominance over two weight classes could make him very popular.
He doesn't really need to take risky challenge. After all, "Bad" Chad is the No.1 light heavyweight in the world and the division's lineal and WBC Champion. Nevertheless, he is stepping down in weight to face his super middleweight peer, Andre Ward, on terms that favor Ward.
For Dawson, it could be a huge mistake coming down in weight to face another elite-level, top tier pound-for-pound fighter.
Andre Ward, ranked No. 5 pound-for-pound by RING Magazine and FightSaga, is the RING Magazine/WBA/WBC Super Middleweight champion who has completely outclassed the best in his division.
I personally rate Ward very highly and its difficult to find any weaknesses.
But I can think of one potential Ward weakness... Ring rust.
Tonight's bout will mark the first time Ward has fought this year and he's fought only once in the last 16 months (Carl Froch in December).
There is no way to know how or if this will affect him - But its possible. Some fighters, like Floyd Mayweather, show little or no signs of rust after many months of activity while others often experience significant timing issues.
The outcome will come down to one question: Will the disadvantage from Andre Ward's inactivity be greater than the weight disadvantage faced by Chad Dawson?
My name is Mark Havey. I am a boxing writer from Portsmouth, England.
I have been a fan of boxing ever since i was small. The glitz and excitment of the big PPV nights pulled me in and i was hooked. I love to box myself, read about boxing, watch it and talk about it.
If anyone wants to contact me Mmhavey@hotmail.co.uk.