Chad Dawson

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Chad Dawson
Dawson Harding136.jpg
Statistics
Real nameChad Dawson
Nickname(s)Bad
Rated atLight Heavyweight
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach76 12 in (194 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1982-07-13) July 13, 1982 (age 32)
Hartsville, South Carolina, USA
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights37
Wins32
Wins by KO18
Losses3
Draws0
No contests2
 
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Chad Dawson
Dawson Harding136.jpg
Statistics
Real nameChad Dawson
Nickname(s)Bad
Rated atLight Heavyweight
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Reach76 12 in (194 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1982-07-13) July 13, 1982 (age 32)
Hartsville, South Carolina, USA
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights37
Wins32
Wins by KO18
Losses3
Draws0
No contests2

"Bad" Chad Phillip Dawson (born July 13, 1982) is an American professional boxer from Hartsville, South Carolina.

On May 1, 2012, Dawson entered Ring Magazine's pound-for-pound rankings for the first time, at number 10.[1] He held that position until mid-September, following a loss to Andre Ward, and was replaced at number ten by Robert Guerrero.

Early life[edit]

Dawson was born to Rick Dawson, a former boxer who compiled a 1-6-1 record,[2] and Wanda Dawson. Chad Dawson has four brothers and two sisters. In search of work, Rick Dawson moved the family to New Haven, Connecticut in 1988.[3] Dawson attended James Hillhouse High School from 1996 to 2000.

Career[edit]

Middleweight[edit]

Dawson, a southpaw, made his professional debut after finishing 67-13 as an amateur and winning an under 19 national championship, then finishing for the silver in the world championships on August 18, 2001. He started at middleweight, moving up to super middleweight where he earned victories over notable opponents such as Ian Gardner and Carl Daniels.

Dawson's career was temporarily derailed when he failed a post-fight drug test in 2004 for marijuana. He was suspended from fighting for 6 months. Dawson indicated that this proved to be a motivating factor in his rise as a light heavyweight.[4] Because of this, Dawson's streak of 14 consecutive wins ended when a March 27, 2004 bout against Aundalen Sloan resulted in a no-contest.[5]

Light Heavyweight[edit]

On June 2, 2006, in his bout with former title challenger and fellow southpaw Eric Harding (23-3-1), Dawson scored a unanimous decision victory, becoming the new NABF Light Heavyweight Champion. After suffering a flash knockdown in the opening seconds of the first round, Dawson dominated the fight and came away with judges scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 117-110.[6]

World Title[edit]

At age 24, Dawson won the WBC Light Heavyweight title against undefeated Pole and Top 10 ranked Light Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek on February 3, 2007. The judges gave Dawson a unanimous decision victory, with scores of 116-110, 117-109 and 118-108.[7]

In June 2007, Dawson defended the WBC belt for the first time, in a fight with Jesus Ruiz (19-5-0), winning by technical knockout in round six. The fight was broadcast on Showtime as part of a card that featured former Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver. On September 29, 2007, Dawson defeated Epifanio Mendoza by fourth round TKO in his second title defense. In April 2008 as his third title defense, Dawson retained the belt by a controversial unanimous decision victory against challenger Glen Johnson. The three judges each had the fight scored 116-112 in favor of the champion Dawson.[8] Again aired on Showtime, for Dawson the card marked the second occasion for which he and Tarver fought in separate bouts on the same card, with Tarver winning each featured bout.[9]

Dawson then vacated the WBC title in mid-2008.

Dawson, who is married and has two sons,[10] still lives and trains in New Haven, Connecticut. His trainer is "Iceman" John Scully.[11] He was formerly trained by Dan Birmingham, Floyd Mayweather, Sr. and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

On October 11, 2008, at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Dawson fought IBF Light Heavyweight title holder Antonio Tarver. Dawson, who controlled the pace and landed most of the significant punches for a majority of the fight, was more active in methodically wearing out his opponent. Tarver landed the occasional punch, but Dawson was in control for most of the fight. With 2:11 left in the final round, Dawson scored a knockdown against Tarver, the only knockdown in the fight. Dawson won the fight by unanimous decision with scores of 117–110 from two judges and 118–109 from the third judge.[12] Dawson earned $800,000 for the fight and Tarver earned $1 million.[13]

On November 9, the day after Joe Calzaghe's win over Roy Jones, Jr., Dawson issued a press release challenging Calzaghe and offered to fight him on his home turf in Wales. Dawson stated "I'm ready to give Joe the opportunity to draw the curtain on his great career in front of his family and friends and 70,000 fans," and "It's the best fight in the light heavyweight division between two undefeated champions." Calzaghe was to retire weeks later, as had been expected prior to the Jones Jr bout. Dawson himself was complimentary about the departing Welsh champion, stating "I applaud Joe's decision. It's obvious he and his family gave it a lot of thought. Timing is everything, and to leave center stage at his peak is rare and certainly comparable to the retirements of Rocky Marciano and Jim Brown."[14]

Seven months after their first fight, Dawson and Tarver fought a rematch on May 9, 2009 in Las Vegas. The fight was similar to their first, with Dawson in control most of the fight, out working Tarver much of the fight and earning another unanimous decision win. The judges scorecards were 117-111, 117-111 and 116-112, all in favor of Dawson.

On May 27, 2009, Dawson vacated the IBF Light Heavyweight title to negotiate a rematch with Glen Johnson.[15] On November 7, 2009 Dawson once again outpointed Glen Johnson. This time was more convincing but the judges scored it 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 all for Dawson.[16]

First Loss[edit]

The next step in Dawson's career was shot to regain the WBC title against Top 10 Light Heavyweight Jean Pascal on August 14, 2010 in Montreal and was for the The Ring Light Heavyweight title.[17] Pascal won the fight by technical decision in round 11 after an accidental headbutt. All three judges had Pascal winning by a considerably wide margin at the time of the stoppage.

Dawson returned to action on May 21, 2011 against Adrian Diaconu and defeated Diaconu by unanimous decision. His first bout under the guidance of Emanuel Steward.

Dawson vs. Hopkins I & II[edit]

Dawson initially won the The Ring and WBC Light Heavyweight titles due to controversial TKO win after Hopkins was unable to continue after getting thrown from a clinch.[18] However, on October 20, 2011, the TKO ruling was ruled a Technical Draw by the WBC and Hopkins remained the champion.[19] On December 13 the California State Athletic Commission changed the official decision to an No Contest (NC). Two days later, the WBC ordered a rematch between Hopkins and Dawson.

Dawson and Bernard Hopkins, who fought to a controversial second-round no-decision last fall, met again on April 28 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.[20] The fight was a slow pace fight, with Dawson controlling most of the action and pace of the fight. Hopkins would throw and land an occasional punch at times, but Dawson would land the harder and more effective punches and out work Hopkins for much of the fight. Dawson won the fight by majority decision, with the judges scorecards reading 114-114, 117-111 and 117-111.

Compubox had Dawson out landing Hopkins throughout the fight. Dawson landed 151 of 431 (35%) of his total punches, to Hopkins' landing 106 of 400 (26%) of his. Dawson said after the fight he's very interested in fighting WBC Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward, as well as fighting in a rematch with Jean Pascal.

Dawson vs. Ward[edit]

On September 8, 2012 Dawson stepped down a weight division to take on current WBA & WBC Super Middleweight Champion, Super Six World Boxing Classic winner and one of the universally recognized top pound-for-pound fighters in the world Andre Ward.

The fight started quite cagey with both fighters feeling each other out and only exchanging single shots. In the 3rd round, Ward seemed to have found out his opponent and proceeded to catch Dawson with some telling shots, dropping him to one knee with a right to the body and short over hand left hook. Dawson quickly rose to an 8-count and appeared to be dazed but managed to see out the round and return to his corner. In round 4, Ward showed no sign of letting up, upping the tempo and again catching a sluggish Dawson with a close left hook, again causing him to drop to his knee and the ref gave Dawson another 8 count. Dawson showed great experience and resilience to see out the round and went on for the next 4 rounds avoiding Wards' troublesome left hooks. In round 10, it all came to an end as Dawson looked to have tired from Wards' consistent battery and slick defense and was caught flush with 4 shots in a row appearing to voluntarily take a knee. The referee stepped in asking Dawson if he wanted the fight stopped. Dawson said yes and Ward retained his titles.

Dawson vs. Stevenson[edit]

On June 8, 2013, after his loss to Ward, Dawson returned to light heavyweight and defended his WBC, lineal, and The Ring titles against Haitian-Canadian Adonis Stevenson, a super middleweight contender who was fighting his first match at light heavyweight. The fight took place in Montreal, Stevenson's adopted hometown and where Dawson was fighting for the third time in the past two years.

Although Dawson entered the fight as a favorite, early in the fight he was caught with a hard left hook and fell backwards to the canvas. Although he got up from the punch and rose before the count of eight, the referee noticed that Dawson's legs were unsteady and stopped the fight at 1:11 of the first round despite the protests of Dawson and his trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. It was the first time in Dawson's career that he had been knocked out in the first round.

Return to the ring[edit]

After taking the rest of 2013 off Dawson accepted a fight with journeyman George Blades, which was televised as part of the preliminary bout undercard of a Showtime event on June 14, 2014. The fight was fought in the cruiserweight division, at a catchweight of 179 pounds. Dawson failed to make weight for the contest, weighing in at 182.8 pounds, and thus had to forfeit one-fifth of his $15,000 purse.

Dawson knocked Blades out in the first round after dropping him twice. After the fight he said he wanted to start competing for a world title again and would be fighting at light heavyweight.

Professional boxing record[edit]

32 Wins (18 knockouts, 14 decisions), 3 Losses (2 knockouts, 1 decision), 0 Draws, 2 No Contests[21]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win32–3United States George BladesKO1 (10), 2:352014-06-21United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Loss31–3Canada Adonis StevensonTKO1 (12), 1:162013-06-08Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecLost WBC and The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
Loss31–2United States Andre WardTKO10 (12), 2:452012-09-08United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, CaliforniaFor WBA (Super), WBC & The Ring Super Middleweight titles.
Win31–1United States Bernard HopkinsMD122012-04-28United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyWon WBC & The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
NC30–1United States Bernard HopkinsNC2 (12), 2:482011-10-15United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win30–1Romania Adrian DiaconuUD122011-05-21Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Loss29–1Canada Jean PascalTD112010-08-14Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecFor WBC & vacant The Ring Light Heavyweight title.
Win29–0Jamaica Glen JohnsonUD122009-11-07United States XL Center, Hartford, ConnecticutWon Interim WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win28–0United States Antonio TarverUD122009-05-09United States Hard Rock Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win27–0United States Antonio TarverUD122008-10-11United States Palms, Las Vegas, NevadaWon IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win26–0Jamaica Glen JohnsonUD122008-04-12United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FloridaRetained WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win25–0Colombia Epifanio MendozaTKO4 (12), 2:302007-09-29United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, CaliforniaRetained WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win24–0Mexico Jesus RuizTKO6 (12), 2:002007-06-09United States Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, ConnecticutRetained WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win23–0Poland Tomasz AdamekUD122007-02-03United States Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, FloridaWon WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win22–0United States Eric HardingUD122006-06-02United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, CaliforniaWon NABF Light Heavyweight title.
Win21–0United Kingdom Jamie HearnTKO3 (8), 2:072006-03-04United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester
Win20–0Canada Jason NauglerUD82006-02-04United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Win19–0Canada Ian GardnerTKO11 (12), 1:122005-11-18United States Athletic Center, New Haven, ConnecticutWon vacant NABO Super Middleweight title.
Win18–0United States Ronald BoddieTKO3 (8)2005-08-06United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
Win17–0United States Efrain GarciaRTD4 (10), 3:002005-04-01United States City Wide Fieldhouse, New Haven, ConnecticutRetained WBC Youth Middleweight title.
Win16–0United States Carl DanielsTKO7 (10), 3:002004-12-10United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, ConnecticutRetained WBC Youth Middleweight title.
Win15–0United States Darnell WilsonUD102004-10-29United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, ConnecticutRetained WBC Youth Middleweight title.
NC14–0United States Aundalen SloanNC62004-03-27United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, ConnecticutResult changed to No Contest after Dawson failed post-fight drug test.
Win14–0United States Dumont WelliverRTD8 (10), 3:002003-10-31United States Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode IslandWon vacant WBC Youth Middleweight title.
Win13–0United States Brett LallyTKO4 (8)2003-08-01United States Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Win12–0United States Earl AllenTKO3 (6), 2:592003-05-02United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win11–0United States Willie LeeKO3 (6), 2:382003-03-21United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win10–0United States Shannon MillerUD62003-02-01United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win9–0Costa Rica John Romans WilliamTKO4 (6)2002-10-25United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win8–0Colombia Faustino GonzalezUD62002-08-03United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win7–0Jamaica Gary GrantTKO1 (4), 1:362002-05-18United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win6–0Canada Chad SawyerUD42002-04-27United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win5–0Canada Martin DesjardinsUD42002-03-01United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win4–0United States Jerald LoweTKO1 (4), 2:562002-02-16United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win3–0United States James OrsoKO1 (4), 1:582001-12-13United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win2–0United States Antonio BakerKO1 (4)2001-09-21United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island
Win1–0United States Steve GarrettTKO2 (4), 1:462001-08-18United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, ConnecticutProfessional debut.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Tomasz Adamek
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
February 3, 2007 – July 11, 2008
Vacated
Succeeded by
Adrian Diaconu
Interim Champion promoted
Preceded by
Antonio Tarver
IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
October 11, 2008 – May 27, 2009
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Tavoris Cloud
IBO Light Heavyweight Champion
October 11, 2008 – August 14, 2010
Succeeded by
Jean Pascal
Vacant
Title last held by
Adrian Diaconu
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
Interim Title

November 7, 2009 – August 14, 2010
Unified by Jean Pascal
Preceded by
Bernard Hopkins
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
April 29, 2012 – June 8, 2013
Succeeded by
Adonis Stevenson
The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion
April 29, 2012 – June 8, 2013