Chad Dawson faces Tommy Karpency on 10/4
By Allan Fox: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs) will be fighting next month against former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (23-4-1, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round bout on October 4th at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA.
For the 32-year-old Dawson, this is his 2nd fight of his comeback. He defeated George Blades by a 1st round knockout last June in an impressive performance. Dawson was overweight in that fight and he looked like he hadn’t trained hard for the fight.
It didn’t matter though because Dawson’s superior class showed through with him knocking Blades down three times before the fight was stopped. Karpency lost a lopsided 12 round decision to former WBO 175lb champion Nathan Cleverly in February of 2012. Karpency wasn’t competitive in that fight and took a one-sided beating.
In his next fight after that, Karpency lost by a 7th round knockout to Andrzej Fonfara in November 2012. Sine that loss, Karpency has won his last two fights in beating Rayco Saunders and Dhafir Smith.
Dawson is currently ranked near the bottom of the WBC’s rankings at #14, and he’s got a long ways to go. It might not be in Dawson’s best interest to be going after the WBC belt anyway because Adonis Stevenson has that belt, and he made easy work of Dawson last year in stopping him in the 1st round.
Dawson does match up well against IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA champion Jurgen Braehmer, but getting either of those two fighters to face him in the ring may prove to be impossible. Dawson already beat Hopkins, and he’s not going to give him a rematch.
Hopkins is facing WBO champion Sergey Kovalev on November 8th, and if Hopkins wins that fight he’s going to be going after Stevenson to try to win the last remaining title not in his grasp at 175.
It’s going to take Dawson a while before he gets in position to fight for another world title. If he doesn’t get any help by any of the world champions then he’s going to need to work his way to a mandatory position. That could take 1-2 years, possibly more depending on how frequently Dawson fights.