Chad Dawson

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Chad Dawson
Dawson Harding136.jpg
Dawson (right) vs. Eric Harding, 2006
Nickname(s) Bad
Rated at Light heavyweight
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Reach 76 12 in (194 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1982-07-13) July 13, 1982 (age 33)
Hartsville, South Carolina, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 39
Wins 33
Wins by KO 18
Losses 4
No contests 2

Chad Dawson (born July 13, 1982) is an American professional boxer. He is a two-time former WBC light heavyweight champion, a former IBF and The Ring magazine light heavyweight champion, and was ranked #10 pound for pound by The Ring in May 2012.[1]

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.



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 three 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, outworking 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 a 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 head butt. 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 a controversial TKO win, when 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, 2011, the California State Athletic Commission changed the official decision to a No Contest (NC). Two days later, the WBC ordered a rematch between Hopkins and Dawson.

Dawson and Bernard Hopkins met again on April 28, 2012 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.[20] The fight was slow paced, with Dawson controlling most of the action and pace of the fight. Hopkins would throw and land an occasional punch, but Dawson would land the harder and more effective punches and outwork 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 outlanding 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.

Ward vs Dawson[edit]

On September 8, 2012, Dawson stepped down a weight division (a rarity in the sport) to take on LinealWBC/WBA(Super)/The Ring 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.

Reports surfaced that Dawson was knocked out by Edison Miranda in sparring for the Ward fight.[21] The fight started quite cagey with both fighters feeling each other out and only exchanging single shots, with Dawson landing his jab on Ward comfortably. In the 3rd round, a clash of heads changed the entire landscape of the fight in Ward's favour, as he 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 overhand 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 resilience to see out the round and went on for the next 4 rounds avoiding Wards' troublesome left hooks with little activity himself. In round 10, it all came to an end as Dawson looked to have tired from Wards' consistent battery and possibly because of the weight loss also, he 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 did not speak but had the body language of a defeated man. The fight was called off 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, many were worried that draining himself to fight Ward, and the Ward fight itself had taken something from Dawson. 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.

However Dawson's career took another hit when on October 4, 2014, he lost a split decision to Tommy Karpency. Dawson looked listless in the fight, displaying little of his once vaunted athleticism. After the fight Dawson maintained that he injured his left hand in the third round, stating that it prevented him from throwing combinations.

Professional boxing record[edit]

33 Wins (18 knockouts, 15 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions), 0 Draws, 2 No Contests[22]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 33–4–(2) United States Shujaa El Amin UD 10 2015-12-08 United States Sun National Bank Center, Trenton, New Jersey
Loss 32–4–(2) United States Tommy Karpency SD 10 2014-10-04 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 32–3–(2) United States George Blades KO 1 (10), 2:35 2014-06-21 United States StubHub Center, Carson, California
Loss 31–3–(2) Canada Adonis Stevenson KO 1 (12), 1:16 2013-06-08 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Lost WBC and The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
Loss 31–2–(2) United States Andre Ward TKO 10 (12), 2:45 2012-09-08 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California For WBA (Super), WBC & The Ring Super Middleweight titles.
Win 31–1–(2) United States Bernard Hopkins MD 12 2012-04-28 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won WBC & The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
NC 30–1–(2) United States Bernard Hopkins NC 2 (12), 2:48 2011-10-15 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 30–1–(1) Romania Adrian Diaconu UD 12 2011-05-21 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Loss 29–1–(1) Canada Jean Pascal TD 11 2010-08-14 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec For WBC & vacant The Ring Light Heavyweight title.
Win 29–0–(1) Jamaica Glen Johnson UD 12 2009-11-07 United States XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut Won Interim WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win 28–0–(1) United States Antonio Tarver UD 12 2009-05-09 United States Hard Rock Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 27–0–(1) United States Antonio Tarver UD 12 2008-10-11 United States Palms, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 26–0–(1) Jamaica Glen Johnson UD 12 2008-04-12 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win 25–0–(1) Colombia Epifanio Mendoza TKO 4 (12), 2:30 2007-09-29 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win 24–0–(1) Mexico Jesus Ruiz TKO 6 (12), 2:00 2007-06-09 United States Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut Retained WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win 23–0–(1) Poland Tomasz Adamek UD 12 2007-02-03 United States Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida Won WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win 22–0–(1) United States Eric Harding UD 12 2006-06-02 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California Won NABF Light Heavyweight title.
Win 21–0–(1) United Kingdom Jamie Hearn TKO 3 (8), 2:07 2006-03-04 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester
Win 20–0–(1) Canada Jason Naugler UD 8 2006-02-04 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Win 19–0–(1) Canada Ian Gardner TKO 11 (12), 1:12 2005-11-18 United States Athletic Center, New Haven, Connecticut Won vacant NABO Super Middleweight title.
Win 18–0–(1) United States Ronald Boddie TKO 3 (8) 2005-08-06 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
Win 17–0–(1) United States Efrain Garcia RTD 4 (10), 3:00 2005-04-01 United States City Wide Fieldhouse, New Haven, Connecticut Retained WBC Youth Middleweight title.
Win 16–0–(1) United States Carl Daniels TKO 7 (10), 3:00 2004-12-10 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut Retained WBC Youth Middleweight title.
Win 15–0–(1) United States Darnell Wilson UD 10 2004-10-29 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut Retained WBC Youth Middleweight title.
NC 14–0–(1) United States Aundalen Sloan NC 6 2004-03-27 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut Result changed to No Contest after Dawson failed post-fight drug test.
Win 14–0 United States Dumont Welliver RTD 8 (10), 3:00 2003-10-31 United States Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island Won vacant WBC Youth Middleweight title.
Win 13–0 United States Brett Lally TKO 4 (8) 2003-08-01 United States Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Win 12–0 United States Earl Allen TKO 3 (6), 2:59 2003-05-02 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 11–0 United States Willie Lee KO 3 (6), 2:38 2003-03-21 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 10–0 United States Shannon Miller UD 6 2003-02-01 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 9–0 Costa Rica John Romans William TKO 4 (6) 2002-10-25 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 8–0 Colombia Faustino Gonzalez UD 6 2002-08-03 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 7–0 Jamaica Gary Grant TKO 1 (4), 1:36 2002-05-18 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 6–0 Canada Chad Sawyer UD 4 2002-04-27 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 5–0 Canada Martin Desjardins UD 4 2002-03-01 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 4–0 United States Jerald Lowe TKO 1 (4), 2:56 2002-02-16 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 3–0 United States James Orso KO 1 (4), 1:58 2001-12-13 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 2–0 United States Antonio Baker KO 1 (4) 2001-09-21 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island
Win 1–0 United States Steve Garrett TKO 2 (4), 1:46 2001-08-18 United States Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut Professional debut.


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