OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA; (September 5, 2012) Undefeated WBA, WBC, and RING super middleweight World Champion Andre “SOG” Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) and WBC and RING light heavyweight titleholder “Bad” Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) both held media interviews yesterday from King’s Boxing Gym in Oakland, CA. Media attendees were given the opportunity to ask the fighters questions about their upcoming September 8, 2012 “WORLD CHAMPIONS-MADE IN AMERICA” fight.
SPECIAL NOTE: Both fighters will participate in FanFest (open to the public) at 601 12th Street, Oakland, CA. Across from City Hall. Friday September 7, 2012 starting at 3:00pm ET/Noon PT. Admission is free for all. The live fighter weigh-in starts at 5:30pm ET/2:30PT
Andre “SOG” Ward & “Bad” Chad Dawson
IN THEIR WORDS
Andre Ward vs Chad Dawson IN THEIR WORDS
Andre “SOG” Ward
“I’m not angry but I feel a little mean. I feel like I getting ready to go to war. I’m getting ready to put my life on the line. I’m excited about this fight for a lot of different reasons, I’m excited because once again they don’t see it coming. Another opportunity to fight own my home turf. On a major network like HBO. I really don’t have much else to say. They’ve done a lot of talking and we’ve purposely shut our mouths and kept working and we’ll see what’s being said when it’s all said and done.”
“Bad” Chad Dawson”
“Victory, I mean going out there and having a good time out there on Saturday night and doing it in a good fashion and beating Andre Ward in a good fashion. Beating him easily, decisively and don’t be surprised if a knockout comes. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best. So I called Andre Ward out, he’s considered to be the best 168 pounder in the world like I said I always thought I could still contend at 168 pounds and this was the right time for me to do it. Show everybody I could make the weight and I that I could beat Andre Ward.”
Andre “SOG” Ward
“Two champions, you’ve got one guy that’s taking a risk by coming down in weight, in Chad Dawson. You’ve got me who’s taking on a bigger man um, I’m putting up everything I’m bringing all my belts in the ring and they’re all on the line, come Saturday night. So, I’m risking a lot and in this sport you can’t afford to lose. So we’re both risking a lot. So if you can’t appreciate this then I don’t know what to say. This is a fight that you should be able to kick your feet up and get the popcorn ready and just appreciate it. Or, come buy a ticket if you’re in the Bay Area. We’d appreciate that too.”
“Ward vs Dawson – World Champions – Made in America”
Andre Ward vs Chad Dawson World Championship showdown, set to take place September 8, 2012 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The co-feature will see WBC Champion Antonio DeMarco battle John “The Gladiator” Molina Jr. in a 12-round fight for the WBC Lightweight title. Both bouts will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:45pm ET/PT
The event is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions in association with Antonio Leonard Productions and SOG Promotions and sponsored by Corona, City of Oakland, Azad Watches, The Oakland Tribune and 95.7 The Game.
Tickets priced at $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25 and are available for purchase online at www.oraclearena.com, www.ticketmaster.com Tickets are also available at the Oracle Arena box office.