Chad Dawson to fight on October 4th on Showtime in Mashantucket, Connecticut
By Dan Ambrose: Former IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-3, 18 KOs) will be fighting next month in a scheduled 10 round bout against an opponent still to be determined on Showtime.
Dawson, 32, is attempting to resurrect his career following knockout losses to Adonis Stevenson and Andre Ward. Dawson is coming off of a 1st round knockout win over George Blades last June. Dawson looked flabby at 182 in weighing for the fight. He doesn’t plan on looking out of shape for his fight against his next opponent on October 4th.
Dawson’s career would likely be in the same place where Bernard Hopkins’ career is right now if he’d fought the same guys that Hopkins has fought – Beibut Shumenov, Karo Murat and Tavoris Cloud – in his last three fights. Those are guys that Dawson would have done well against. It was smart match-making on Hopkins’ part to face those guys rather than Adonis Stevenson and Andre Ward.
Dawson defeated Hopkins by a 12 round decision in 2012, but since then Dawson has had nothing but problems. His decision to move down to 168 to fight Ward was a disastrous one career-wise for Dawson, because he weight-drained looking for the fight and not able to compete with Ward.
Dawson had rumored to have been knocked out in sparring for the Ward fight by Edison Miranda. Dawson followed the Ward fight up by taking on the hard hitting Stevenson last year in June. Things when bad for Dawson immediately with him getting blasted out in one round after getting nailed by a hard left hand to the head by Stevenson.
Also on the October 4th card is super featherweight Rances Barthelemy facing Fernando David Saucedo and Vanes Martirosyan battling Willie Nelson. The Martirosyan-Nelson fight should be decent. Until we find out who Dawson is fighting, that fight should be the main event.
I can’t see too many boxing fans or sports news fans getting excited about Barthelemy-Saucedo in the main event. Barthelemy holds the IBF super featherweight title, but he’s not a big name. Dawson is much better known than him, and Martirosyan was recently beaten by Demetrius Andrade last November in losing a 12 round split decision in a failed attempt to capture the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.
Martirosyan rebounded from that loss to defeat Mario Alberto Lozano in his last fight. Martiroyan has never really beaten any good fighters during his career. He’s had a career’s worth of tune-up bouts, but when he’s stepped it up against Andrade and Erislandy Lara, he’s failed to get the win.