The world's best super-middleweight meets the world's number one
light-heavyweight this weekend.
The clash between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson has the makings on
paper of being a real blockbuster with Dawson coming down a weight
to challenge the unbeaten Oakland sensation.
"I think Ward is a great fighter," Dawson said. "I studied him
for years. I've been watching him. I knew one day we would be
"I've kept tabs on Chad for a very long time," said Ward. "We
had the same managerial team years ago when Dawson used to be
managed by James Prince and I'd ask, 'How's Chad?' not necessarily
trying to scout him out but because I'm a student of the game.
"I've followed Chad for many years. I know a lot about Chad. I
got a lot of respect for Chad. We didn't pick Chad because we saw
"We picked Chad because he's the best in his division and I'm
the best in my division, and when's the last time two fighters in
separate divisions met because they were the best?"
Ward unified the WBA and WBC super-middleweight titles with a
wide decision over Britain's Carl Froch last December and was
ringside to see Dawson defeat veteran great Bernard Hopkins in
And it was after that fight that Dawson made his desire for a
clash with Californian known.