WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight champion Andre Ward is scheduled to defend his belts against WBC Light Heavyweight titleholder “Bad” Chad Dawson on September 8 at the Oracle Arena in the “Son of God’s” hometown of Oakland, California.
Ward (25-0, 13 KOs), a Bay Area native who became the first American to capture boxing gold in eight years as a light heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, unified two belts and won The Super Six World Boxing Classic when he trumped Carl Froch by unanimous decision on December 17at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
In somewhat similar fashion, the 30-year-old Dawson (31-1-0-2, 17 KOs), a southpaw currently rated by The Ring as the fourth best light heavyweight boxer in the world, earned a unanimous decision victory over the legendary Bernard Hopkins in a rematch on April 28.
The 28-year-old Ward, voted in the wintertime as the 2011 “Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), has unbelievably not vacated the squared circle on the losing end of a bout since he was a 12-year-old amateur.
“The Son of God,” currently rated by Ring Magazine as the fifth pound-for-pound boxer in the world, is now in position to become a national superstar and household name like fellow American gold medalists Muhammad Ali, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron raved about Ward and predicts he will dominate all challengers for the foreseeable future.
“Ward clearly sticks out in the division,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “He had just a great performance his last time out. No other fighter is close to him.”
Dawson is a slightly above-average prizefighter capable of overwhelming geriatrics and mediocre scrappers.
In stark contrast to Dawson, Ward is in the midst of forging a Hall of Fame resume and “no other fighter is close to him.”
Expect “The Son of God” to embarrass “Bad Chad” and emerge victorious by unanimous decision in approximately two weeks.by