Jason Hagholm, aka @dadrrtywhyteboi and I are back and this time, we’re only talking about the NFL in the beginning of the show. It was quite the start to the NFL season yesterday and Jason’s team laid an egg (the Bills), while my team played very well (49ers).
After we get the nonsense out of the way, we discuss the Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson fight from Saturday night. I ask Jason why he wasn’t as impressed with Ward as almost anyone else I’ve talked to. He explains why.
We also go over the TNA results to No Surrender which was last night. I think Jason would rather get bodyslammed on thumbtacks by Mick Foley than watch TNA these days.
Lastly, we try to preview WWE’s Night Of Champions, but there’s very little to preview yet, so the conversation is short, but somehow it veers off into the old days of Napster, Kazaa, and Lime Wire.
This fight is one of the bigger non-PPV fights of the year. While it doesn’t quite feel as big as maybe Julio Cesar Chaves Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez feels, it is just below that. Two guys who are at the top of their weight classes are about ready to duke it out.
Chad Dawson vs. Andre Ward
Not a clear round for either guy. Ward is lunging to land to the body and Dawson was able to counter a couple of times. Ward baited Dawson into the corner a couple times but didn’t land anything clean. I’d give it slightly to Dawson, but Ward looks to have timed him already.
Interesting round strategically. Ward was trying to get outside of Dawson to get an angle on his right hand and they ended up nearly hooking lead legs. Dawson was able to throw right hooks while trying to catch Ward coming in. I’d give the second slightly to Dawson as well.
After some gamesman ship where Ward was being a little rough and Dawson got him back, Ward threw a short left that put Dawson on a knee. He was staggered a bit and got hit with another before the round ended. 10-8 for Ward.
Ward dropped him again in the beginning of the round. Dawson’s legs were jelly, but he was able to stay on his feet for the rest of the round. He took some other very hard shots, but was able to land a big left of his own. Ward outlanded him badly in the round. Yet another 10-8 round, but if judges scored extra points based off domination, it could’ve been 10-7. Continue reading
Chad Dawson vs. Andre Ward to me is all about style. I guess you can say that about nearly every fight. If this were a NFL combine, Chad Dawson has all the numbers that make you ooh and ahh. He’s taller, longer, rangier, and probably quicker too. But Ward seems to have the intangibles.
Andre Ward is a dictator. He sets the pace, makes every fight his fight, and absolutely doesn’t give in. Chad Dawson may be a more talented boxer overall than Ward (and we all remember that famous Floyd Mayweather praise), but I don’t see that doggedness in him that I see in Ward. In a game of fight or flight, which boxer do you trust to buckle down? That’s advantage Ward.
The one thing that used to dog Ward a little bit is his chin because of a being hurt early in his career against lesser fighters including a knockdown to Darnell Boone. But after facing the likes of Arthur Abraham, Edison Miranda, Mikael Kessler, Carl Froch and Sakio Bika and making it out relatively unscathed, you don’t hear about it much. Continue reading
Jason Hagholm, aka @dadrrtywhyteboi and I are back to talk about UFC’s “Bloody Thursday” from last week. The Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson main event from UFC 151 was in danger because Hendo was hurt. And then the entire show collapsed. We’ll talk about what happened and how we got to UFC 152, which is now Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort.
We then discuss some upcoming boxing matches. Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson, Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Canelo Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez are all upcoming and I get Jason’s thoughts on which ones he’s excited about as well as who he thinks wins.
We also preview our upcoming NFL show for next week (yes, we’ll talk the NFL on a FGB Radio).