Last night the 2004 American Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward finally put together all the elements of a great fighter against Chad Dawson. His profound footwork became apparent early in the fight, scoring knockdowns in two consecutive rounds with the same punch and approach both times. He took risks and kept his punch output high for ten rounds. He fought inside and outside, engaging Dawson when the larger man tried to back him down. He took hard shots from the former Light Heavyweight champ and was never shaken. His accuracy was impeccable and even through the tenth round when Dawson’s endurance was failing, Ward put together smooth combinations that finally convinced Dawson to ask Steve Smoger to stop the fight. The pound-for-pound list is gradually growing in length and authority and you can’t help but be glad to see another American cement his rightful place on it. As for Dawson, his limited skill set won’t get him much further, and the excuses he made after this fight and the first Hopkins fight will alienate most of what was left of his fan base.