Ward: 'We need to come up with a plan that's gonna chop this tree down'
Andre Ward joins Dave Benz on the set of Chronicle Live to preview his upcoming fight with Chad Dawson.
Happy to welcome -- studios the son of -- Andre Ward who also more lights is a Comcast sports net Bay Area and -- thanks for. Coming back and your regular -- apparel and as a boxer and had to be better that could be here with your trainer Virgil hunter who is the 2011. Trainer of the year of accordingly boxing writers association of America and of course you're promoter. Dan Goosen joining us as well and I got a -- to get to would you then because the press conference it turned a lot towards you but got -- start of course if you want -- This is a huge fight I mean it Chad Dawson coming down a 168 pounds. Coming to Oakland to fight you pound for pound or two of the best fighters -- -- and more public you deal is this your mind. Well it's huge. You know this is the biggest American fighter that -- fixed it -- come off the super six the last two years in and primarily a European fighters it was the biggest names that I fought today. This guy's the real deal he's paid his -- what he's beat some great fighters guys that are going in the hall of fame and he's a tall order literally and figuratively so. The over the next eight weeks in a million birds we need to come up with a plan is the toughest treat them because that's just the real deal but I'm up. Challenge and had Virgil let's talk about that because Carl frock also own guy with the long reach for you were able to. Defeat that I haven't Andre go inside is that going to be the game plan here. Well not necessarily but it could be to a point and do reach doesn't mean that much in boxing is unless you're really not using his position and distances. The most crucial thing and so whoever controls the distance of control -- Yeah I got to talk to you -- about the end of the press conference today got. We needed and it was basically you and Gary going after each other a little bit he's an easy target out there and get -- didn't. Did you know with the it's it's gonna happen once but liked them when he's got someone like Chad Dawson he's beat -- -- Antonio Tarver he's beaten Bernard Hopkins Glen Johnson. Lot of big names on his resume. And he's gone up against Andre in Oakland. Where he knows he's gonna be face in 191000. Scream and ward fans Oakland fans Bay Area fans. So. He wanted to take a few swipes of Andre and in the rest of the team. Been a long time on her to do my job -- boundaries for motor but. I think Andre actually took good took control of -- -- stand up and say hey -- have faced the faced -- -- -- Forget the promoters well today you know what we do to clear the air a -- -- because tiger used to press conference today that you never asked -- to come down a 168 pounds now there was a report. From Chad's side saying that you're the one that asks. For Chad come down 260 pounds did you ask for Chad Dawson to come down once -- -- You know as Andre said at the press conference. Dawson's the one that said he would he wanted to come down to 168 so. Why would I you ask him to us stay at one Sunday five of -- said he was swollen. To come down to 16 day there was only using common sense. He's an even on the come though Oakland so it took us eight days to put his people together and that's the way they should be made where. Either you're gonna you know do what you say you're gonna do and let's get this deal made and then -- let's go from -- Andre let's talk about there's two facts and coming down 168 and -- coming in your backyard. And no -- I mean clearly that's a decisive. Advantage for you -- conference it could be. I mean Chad Dawson if he's as confident as he is you know coming down and wait you know who knows he may be stronger he may be more fit I'm not sure I mean. We'll know September 8 as far as fighting at home you know I have to take my hat off to Chad I mean it's a big challenge for him come with someone else's backyard. But you know as I mentioned in the press conference every fighter goes to another -- hometown for price and I'm sure that price was you know. A hefty price whatever that price was but. That being said he still come in and -- we appreciate that in a limit -- most -- we fought an oracle you know four times the fifth time and -- I want to go out there and and put on the show. All right we have to bring up the fact that this fight is on HBO and you made mention of the press congress that's a big deal there's a lot of people look at it yet you need to be on HBO. To be considered amongst the best of the best and -- along with that there's going to be 24/7. Leading up to the fight. You know obviously that's gonna be a little bit of -- change for you have those cameras are on all time in your face and he is not -- Dealt with that before and and and again just coming off the super six. In the showtime crew there and dance and they are the real deal you know they want certain footage and they'll push -- until they get it. You know that's their job so I know a little bit about the cameras BMI face. Don't get me wrong HBO 24/7 that's a huge deal. Virtually ready to become -- -- superstar now international experience huh well that's that's not my intent the we'll go about my job well is cool about it and let it flow would maple -- gentlemen it is going to be a fantastic site and and we look forward and -- you guys. Back here again following the fight to talk about talk about what is next. I'm very -- see you back here -- work I think you're probably do tomorrow at some time you know working -- some copy something like that that you had the most crazy dynamic ever by the way but we love Andrei have a camera -- -- to come by and now.