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Six Questions with Chad Dawson

boxingHARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 8, 2009) Ė Chad Dawson shared his thoughts on facing Glen Johnson again, the state of the light heavyweight division and his interests outside the ring answering six quick questions posed to him recently. Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., meets Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs), from Miami, FL by way of Clarendon, Jamaica, Nov. 7 at the XL Center in Harford, Conn., in a WBC light heavyweight world title rematch. Back in April, 2008, the two met with Dawsonís WBC light heavyweight title on the line with Dawson coming away with the unanimous decision.

Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, in association with DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing, Dawson-Johnson II and a tremendous Alfredo Angulo vs. Harry Joe Yorgey 10-round Super Welterweight co-feature will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing Nov. 7, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT, from the XL Center. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $70, $50, and $35, (plus any applicable fees and surcharges), can be purchased at the XL Center box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.xlcenter.com..

QUESTION: What do you expect to see from Glen Johnson the second time around?

DAWSON: ďI donít expect to see anything differently. I think heíll come the same way he came last time. I donít want him thinking in any way he won the last fight. I want to put that last fight out of his mind once and for all. I will outbox him and outwork him once again.Ē

QUESTION: You vacated your IBF light heavyweight title back in May to fight Johnson again rather than face mandatory challenger Tavoris Cloud. Why did you take this fight?

DAWSON: ďIt wasnít just for the money which is what everyone is saying. I took the fight because itís the one everyone wants to see. A lot of people think that HBO made me take this fight. HBO didnít make me take this fight. The first fight took place 18 months ago. I took this fight to see where Iím at in my career.Ē

QUESTION: Your promoter Gary Shaw says he turned down more money from other venues to allow you to fight at home. How big will it be to have a ďhomeĒ game on Nov. 7?

DAWSON: ďOh, definitely, itís going to be big. A lot of my family and friends havenít been able to see me fight and for them to get to do so in this huge fight on HBO is incredible. I just hope I donít disappoint them. I want to showcase my talent and show everybody what I can do.Ē

QUESTION: How have you evolved as a fighter since you fought Johnson last?

DAWSON: ďI donít know. My last two years Iíve fought only Johnson and Antonio Tarver so I canít really say. The last fight was a great fight. I think Iíve matured as a fighter. Iíve gotten a lot smarter in the ring. Iím a better boxer now.Ē

QUESTION: The super middleweights are getting a lot of publicity with the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament. What do you think about the light heavyweight division right now?

DAWSON: ďWe have some older fighters like Glen Johnson, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones. Iím stuck here for now unless I go down or want to go up to cruiserweight. Joe Calzaghe was our best fighter but heís retired now. If he ever comes back itíll be better. Iím in training camp right now so when I get home I donít want to think about boxing. I keep my mind off boxing. I watched the Mayweather-Marquez fight. And Iíll definitely be at the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto. Thatís going to be a great fight.Ē

QUESTION: What do you like to do when youíre not in the ring or training?

DAWSON: ďI like to play basketball and Iím really into cars heavy. I have a big family so I like to spend time with my brothers. I have a GT Coupe and a Jaguar sports car that I just put some new rims on. So that keeps me busy. Itís fun and thatís what I like to do.Ē


Dawson, Johnson 30-day weigh-in photos

October 7, 2009 Ė Looking fit and ready to go, both Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson participated in their World Boxing Council (WBC) 30-day mandatory weigh-in Wednesday. Dawson weighed in at 185 pounds in Las Vegas where he is training while Johnson tipped the scale at 181.6 pounds in Miami, Fla. The WBC light heavyweight limit is 175 pounds. The two square off Nov. 7 at the XL Center in Harford, Conn., in a WBC light heavyweight world title rematch. Back in April, 2008, the two met with Dawsonís WBC light heavyweight title on the line with Dawson coming away with a hard-earned unanimous decision.

boxingSaid Dawson, who also sparred and met with local members of the media at the International MMA Fight Club in Vegas: ďI was 185 and that was with my clothes on. Everythingís good. Iím ready to take on Johnson and put to rest this idea that he should have won the last fight.Ē

Johnson weighed in at 181.6 pounds at Thump Fight Gym and Fitness Center in Miami, Fla. ďI think Chad knows I mean business by coming in at 181.6 pounds 30 days out,Ē Johnson said. ďI am ready for this fight and I am taking it very seriously. I feel great. Letís get it on.Ē

boxingSaid Leon Margules, executive director of Hollywood-based Warriors Boxing, of Johnson: ďHe looks spectacular. He is way ahead of where we expected him to be. I asked him before the weigh-in how much he weighed and he thought 185 pounds. He is just healthy, training and in tremendous shape. The last time he was 30 days out from a fight he was 188, 189 pounds. It shows how serious he is taking this fight. Itís life or death to him.Ē

Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, in association with DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing, Dawson-Johnson II and a tremendous Alfredo Angulo vs. Harry Joe Yorgey 10-round Super Welterweight co-feature will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing Nov. 7, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT, from the XL Center.

Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $70, $50, and $35, (plus any applicable fees and surcharges), can be purchased at the XL Center box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.xlcenter.com.

Article posted on 09.10.2009



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