The betting odds for the Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson fight, have begun to show an increase in momentum for smaller, undefeated WBA, WBC and RING super middleweight world champion Andre “SOG” Ward (-380) over the bigger man WBC and RING light heavyweight titleholder “Bad” Chad Dawson (+300) for their fight this weekend, taking place on Saturday, September 8, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Ward’s betting support has seen a late week surge to a four to one favorite over Dawson, pushing the earlier postings of Ward (-340) three-and-a-half to one over Dawson (+280) to a now impressive four to one favorite. The fight opened at a three to one favorite for Ward.
The electrifying match-up is between two of the sports current and best champions in their respective weight divisions. The pressure will mount for Ward, named Boxing Writers of America Association 2012 “Fighter of the Year” early this year, as he faces his toughest challenge in the bigger, stronger Dawson.
“Andre has done a tremendous job throughout his career of demonstrating his skills against the more experienced champions, as well as bigger champions,” said Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions. “The odds are a sign that people are now recognizing the exceptional fighter that he is. There is no doubt in my mind, Andre is going to prove the odds are right on September 8 and take a further step to greatness.”
“Once again Chad seems to be the underdog in another big fight situation but that doesn’t deter him from believing in his ability to go in the ring and take care of business,” said Gary Shaw, President of GSP. “Chad doesn’t care that Andre is the favorite, the fight is in his (Ward’s) hometown or about his opponent’s recent wave of popularity. He is ready to fight and take Andre’s titles away from him on September 8. If I were a betting man, I would certainly take the better bet and that is Chad Dawson.”
If you think Dawson has a chance to pull out the upset, then you have to love the increasing gap in the Ward vs. Dawson betting odds!