Andre Ward says he is preparing for the best version of Chad Dawson. The two meet on September 8, live on HBO. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Bongarts/Getty Images)
On September 8 live on HBO from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., Andre Ward will defend his super middleweight crown against current top light heavyweight Chad Dawson, in a meeting of top American fighters. Ward discusses the matchup and what he expects from Dawson below.
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What is Dawson's most dangerous attribute as a fighter? How are you preparing for this fight? Is there any one aspect of Dawson's game that concerns you most, or that you've focused on more than any other during training?
"I cannot identify what Chad's greatest attribute as a fighter is yet because I have not fought him so that remains to be seen. There is not one thing that's dangerous about him, he is a good, all-around fighter. His credentials speak for themselves and when you go into a mega-fight or a championship fight, you prepare for the best and you prepare for everything. I'm not locked in for one thing, we are prepared for the best Chad Dawson on September 8.
"With every opponent and every fight, there are multiple things that you prepare for and we are prepared for the best of Chad Dawson. We are prepared for anything and everything. If you prepare for anything else than that, you are selling yourself short.
"This camp is no different than my past training camps. It's not a cliché, it's the way it is. I don't pick certain camps that I go hard in; I'm always training to the maximum. I feel like every fight, I'm in the best shape of my life. That's the way I think a champion is supposed to prepare. I respect the game and the game has always respected me and nothing is different in this training camp."
24/7 Road to Ward/Dawson debuts Saturday, August 25 on HBO at 12:00 a.m. ET/PT.
Ward vs. Dawson takes place Saturday, Sept. 8 live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.