September 8, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Andre Ward (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Chad Dawson (blue gloves) during the WBA/WBC super middleweight championship at ORACLE Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Andre Ward cemented his status as boxing's current elite young fighter by taking out Chad Dawson in the tenth round by TKO.
In front of a home-town Oakland crowd super-middleweight Andre Ward improved his perfect record to 32-0. After splitting the first two rounds with Chad Dawson (32-2), Ward would proceed to win the next eight rounds ending with a tenth round TKO.
Going into the fight, the southpaw Dawson would have to drop down to 168 pounds in order to fight Ward. Dawson was thought to have more power than Ward; however, that means nothing when you're not throwing as many punches as your opponent. Dawson threw 29/187 to Ward's 155/418. Ward is being touted as the best young fighter currently in boxing.
In attendance tonight at the fight were Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who were booed loudly by the northern California crowd. Kemp is in town playing the San Francisco Giants. Also at the fight was Pete Rose, apparently a big hit with the Oakland crowd.
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