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Ward stops Dawson in the 10th round
Andre Ward put Chad Dawson down three times en route to an impressive 10th-round knockout Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., Ward's hometown.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Andre Ward put Chad Dawson down three times en route to an impressive 10th-round knockout Saturday at the Oracle Arena.
Ward, defending his RING super middleweight championship, sent Dawson to a knee with a right-left combination late in the third round and controlled the fight from that point on.
Ward put Dawson down and hurt him badly with a left hook early in the fourth round but Dawson somehow survived the round, in which Ward landed a number of solid blows.
Dawson was competitive thereafter but seemed to have lost much of his fire. Then, in the 10th, ward landed a five-punch combination that sent Dawson to one knee again. He was able to get up but referee Steve Smoger had seen enough. He stopped it at 2:45 of the round.
THE RING had Ward leading 88-80 after nine rounds.
Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) has now beaten Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Dawson in succession.
Dawson, THE RING light heavyweight champion, was coming off a decision victory over Bernard Hopkins.
A full report will follow shortly.