Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson in Works for September; Will the Fight Be at 175?

Justin Tate@justindavidtateCorrespondent IMay 4, 2012

The bloody aftermath of Chad Dawson
The bloody aftermath of Chad DawsonAl Bello/Getty Images

Chad Dawson, fresh off his victory over aging legend Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO) may defend his newly won light heavyweight title against the undefeated Super Six Tournament winner Andre Ward.

In an interview with Lem Satterfield of Ring Magazine, Ward (25-0, 13 KO) said the following about a fight with Dawson (31-1, 17 KO), "I think that it would be a great matchup between Chad Dawson and I, and I think that the matchup can be made and should be made."

Ward adviser James Prince has stated that negotiations between Ward's promoter Dan Goosen and Dawson's team are ongoing with a September fight date being eyed.

Prince also hopes for the fight to be on the west coast where he believes more people will show up. Ward regularly packs the Oracle Arena in his hometown of Oakland, Calif.

Whether the fight will take place at super middleweight or light heavyweight is unknown. Ward has stated that he and Dawson have no problem with fight in either weight class.

"We've heard him say that he can make 168, and right now, I would have no problem going up," Ward said.

Former super middleweight champion and Ward rival Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KO) has already made his move up to 175 on May 19 in his home country of Denmark against Allan Green (31-3, 21 KO).

Undefeated IBF super middleweight champ Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO) has been repeatedly mentioned by Hopkins for a fight at 175 should Bute defeat Englishman Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO) on May 26.


The road to success seems to lead Ward to 175. Ward's already beaten or scared off all the best fighters at 168 besides Bute, who may or may not take a fight with Hopkins.

Only the young and inexperienced fighters like Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KO) and Thomas Oosthuizen (19-0-1, 13 KO) remain at 168.

Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KO) vs. undefeated IBF light heavyweight champ Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KO) is signed and ready to deliver on Aug. 11.

Pascal, like Bute, is a huge earner in Canada and sells out arenas during big fights. Pascal also has the distinction of being the first and only man to hand Dawson a loss.

There's nowhere near as many fighters at 168 who can generate the type of income, interest and legacy-making challenges that fighters at 175 can.

Ward, it's time to move up to 175 along with the rest of the best from 168.