Chad Dawson vs. George Blades on 6/21 on Guerrero-Kamegai card
By Dan Ambrose: Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) will be staging a comeback this month after a year-long layoff to fight George Blades (23-5, 16 KO’s) on the Robert Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai card on 6/21 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, according to RingTV. The Dawson-Blades fight, which isn’t expected to be a competitive one, won’t be make the television portion of the Showtime card.
It’s not surprising that the Dawson vs. Blades fight won’t be televised because the card is loaded with Gary Russell Jr facing Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO featherweight title, former two division world champion Devon Alexander battling Jesus Soto Karass in a 10-round bout, and heavyweights Dominic Breazeale and Devin Vargas going at in a 10 round fight.
The 32-year-old Dawson has been inactive since being starched by Adonis Stevenson in one round last year in June in what was Dawson’s second knockout loss in a row. The defeat to Stevenson was a pretty bad blow to Dawson’s career because he’d already been exposed in his previous fight in losing to Andre Ward by a 10th round TKO in September of 2012.
Dawson didn’t take a big hit in that loss as far as his reputation goes because he was facing the best fighter in the super middleweight division in Andre Ward, and Dawson drained down from 175 to take the fight at 168. That obviously was a huge mistake on Dawson’s part for him to have done that, because he should have learned from watching Roy Jones Jr mess up his career in dropping weight to fight Antonio Tarver after having won the heavyweight title.
Dawson should be able to beat Blades without any problems as long as he hasn’t lost his punch resistance completely from his two knockout losses. Being out of the ring for a year should have helped Dawson recover from those knockouts. However, if Dawson loses this fight then he really needs to seriously considering retirement because there won’t be anywhere for him to do.