Undefeated Ward says best is yet to come

Posted at 10/03/2012 7:07 PM | Updated as of 10/03/2012 7:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American super middleweight champion Andre Ward says he has not yet shown his best form, even in his impressive 10-round demolition of Chad Dawson.

Ward, with 26 wins, knocked out Dawson in the 10th round of their clash last September 8 to solidify his position as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

But in an interview with Boxing Scene, Ward said he has yet to show fight fans his best. 

“I don’t think you have seen my best yet. I think I was at 85% (against Dawson),” Ward said. “I think the best is yet to come.”

Ward was thoroughly dominant against Dawson, dropping him in the third round and in the fourth before Dawson told the referee that he wanted to stop the fight.

“I am happy I got the knockout in the 10th round, instead of the second or third round,” Ward said. “I needed to get those rounds under my belt.”

Ward’s performance against Dawson led him to rise in most pound-for-pound ratings. He is now ranked second in Yahoo! Sports and Sports Illustrated, ahead of Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

Ward won a gold medal for the United States in the 2004 Athens Olympics.