Convicted Artist Magazine

Apr 25th
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chad-dawson-boxerAfter a brutal loss to Adonis Stevenson, former undisputed Light Heavyweight champion Chad Dawson is at a crossroads.  He has made a career out of giving fighters he has beaten second chances: Hopkins (technically), Tarver, Johnson... yet the same courtesy has never been afforded him.  Nobody wants to see him lose to Ward a second time, but he deserves a second shot at both Pascal and Stevenson, yet it looks as if that is not likely to happen.
Avenging losses is making a bit of a comeback lately.  Both David Price and Seth Mitchell are attempting to do so immediately following a defeat, which is encouraging, however some fighters like Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao seem to be in no hurry to get back in the ring with anyone who put an L on their record.  No matter what Dawson does, we can bet there will be more trainer changes.  Let's look at Bad Chad's options:
Dawson may simply want to retire.  He is a 4 time belt holder and former undisputed champion.  He is too small for Cruiserweight, and failed miserably at Super Middle, so what else could he accomplish but what he has already done?  He has never had a big time promoter, or a huge fan base, and has increasingly been traveling to his opponent's backyards in order to make better money.  He had two impressive hometown title wins, however, so he has even checked that item off the boxing bucket list.
He may stick around for money and legacy.  He is two wins away from regaining the title, and defending it against the man who beat him before.  It is unlikely, but if Dawson can force a rematch, and Pascal gets by Bute, Dawson could once again be on top of the 175lb world, having avenged two losses in the process.  Both those fights would also take place in Canada, where he'll be paid much more.  He would have little place to go after that, but odds are that a trilogy with either man, or Sergei Kovalev emerging as a number one contender, would have happened by this time next year.
He may rebuild slowly.  This is the most pointless, yet it is the road most traveled.  Another layoff, followed by a few meaningless fights to get back into contention.  This would likely result in a shot that takes place too late, or a meaningless belt win, that adds no legacy, and not even really that much money.  I hope he doesn't do this, but it seems most likely.  In any case, Dawson may be one of those fighters we appreciate later.  He always took on the best, and tried to make every top fight that could be made.  He also won at that level more often than not, and is a decent guy to boot.  I wish him well.

Chris Strait

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