Ward Carries Underdog Mentality into His Showdown with Dawson

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Ward Carries Underdog Mentality into His Showdown with Dawson
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Nestled in a run-down section of the city sits a nondescript warehouse on 35th Avenue. It’s a dead-end road with dilapidated homes that sits off the freeway. It seems like the warehouse could be home to just about anything, but the myriad of TV trucks parked outside signifies something greater. Inside a large banner hangs above a boxing ring that reads “Home of 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward.” The stampede of media is here on this Tuesday to see Ward hold court in his hometown ahead of his highest-profile fight to date, which will take place just miles away at the Oracle Arena.

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