Chad Dawson was born on July 13,1982 and is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2019.
34 Facts About Chad Dawson
Chad Dawson has held multiple light heavyweight world championships, and was one of the most highly regarded boxers in that division between 2006 and 2013.
Chad Dawson's first career setback was a loss to Jean Pascal in 2010.
Later in 2012, Chad Dawson moved down to super middleweight, a division in which he had not competed since 2006, in order to challenge Andre Ward for the unified WBA, WBC, Ring and lineal titles.
In 2013, having returned to light heavyweight to defend his titles, Chad Dawson was knocked out by Adonis Stevenson in one round.
Chad Dawson attended James Hillhouse High School from 1996 to 2000.
Chad Dawson's career took a temporary setback when he failed a post-fight drug test in 2004 for marijuana, which resulted in a six-month suspension from boxing.
Chad Dawson indicated that this proved to be a motivating factor in his rise as a light heavyweight.
On June 2,2006, in his bout with former title challenger and fellow southpaw Eric Harding, Chad Dawson won a unanimous decision and claimed the regional NABF light heavyweight title.
At age 24, on February 3,2007, Chad Dawson won the WBC light heavyweight title against the undefeated, top-ten ranked champion Tomasz Adamek.
In June 2007, Chad Dawson defended the WBC title for the first time, in a fight with Jesus Ruiz, winning by technical knockout in round six.
On September 29,2007, Chad Dawson defeated Epifanio Mendoza by fourth-round TKO in his second title defense.
Chad Dawson, who is married and has three sons, still lives and trains in New Haven, Connecticut.
On October 11,2008, at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Chad Dawson fought IBF light heavyweight title holder Antonio Tarver.
Chad 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 Chad Dawson was in control for most of the fight.
On May 27,2009, Chad Dawson vacated the IBF light heavyweight title to negotiate a rematch with Glen Johnson.
On November 7,2009, Chad Dawson outpointed Glen Johnson.
The next step in Chad 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 Ring light heavyweight title.
Chad Dawson returned to action on May 21,2011, against Adrian Diaconu and defeated Diaconu by unanimous decision.
Chad Dawson initially won The Ring, WBC and lineal light heavyweight titles due to a controversial TKO win, when Hopkins was unable to continue after getting thrown from a clinch.
Noteworthy to mention is a period after a middle round where his trainer, former contender Iceman John Scully, caught Chad Dawson mentally slipping and motivated him back into focus.
Chad Dawson landed 151 of 431 of his total punches, to Hopkins' landing 106 of 400 of his.
Chad Dawson said after the fight he is very interested in fighting WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward, as well as fighting in a rematch with Jean Pascal.
On September 8,2012, Chad Dawson stepped down a weight division to take on WBA, WBC, The Ring and lineal 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 Chad Dawson was knocked out by Edison Miranda in sparring for the Ward fight.
Chad Dawson quickly rose to an 8-count and appeared to be dazed but managed to see out the round and return to his corner.
Chad 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 Chad Dawson looked to have tired from Wards' consistent battery and possibly because of the weight loss, he was caught flush with 4 shots in a row appearing to voluntarily take a knee.
On June 8,2013, after his loss to Ward, Chad 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.
Chad 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.
Chad Dawson knocked Blades out in the first round after dropping him twice.
However Chad Dawson's career took another hit when on October 4,2014, he lost a split decision to Tommy Karpency.
Chad Dawson looked listless in the fight, displaying little of his once vaunted athleticism.