Andre Ward and Chad Dawson go one-on-one tonight in Oakland. Nick Cannon will be there, which means boxing is popular now. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Andre Ward faces Chad Dawson in tonight's HBO World Championship Boxing main event from Ward's hometown of Oakland, California, headlining a double-header that also includes a second world title fight, and will be led by a tape delay replay of Vitali Klitschko's fight from this afternoon against Manuel Charr. (If you're going to complain that we've spoiled that result for you, don't.)
Until HBO goes live, we'll have live coverage of Showtime's broadcast from Las Vegas, headlined by Lucas Matthysse vs Olusegun Ajose.
[ Staff Picks: Ward Favored Over Dawson ]
Ward (25-0, 13 KO) and Dawson (31-1, 17 KO) are arguably the best pound-for-pound American fighters in the sport today beyond Floyd Mayweather, and though their matchup has the bloodthirsty snoozing already, it could be a very compelling fight between two guys who are highly-skilled and seem to badly want this bout.
The co-feature could be the best fight of the weekend if all breaks right, with Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KO) defending the WBC lightweight title against John Molina (24-1, 19 KO). Here's a preview for that fight.