Chad Dawson was gracious enough to take time out of his training to answer questions about his rematch with WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins. Here is what Chad had to say:
Chip Mitchell: Was the decision to reunite with John Scully because there was a style that you liked earlier in your career and you wanted to get back to that particular style of fighting?
Chad Dawson: Yes that was the main reason I switched. I wanted to become myself again. Me being with so many different trainers, I think that kind of derailed my own style and going all of these different ways. One trainer wanted me to work on this and another trainer think I’m better at this so I should be working on that.
Well Scully is different because Scully knows all of my strengths. So we add to that. I’ve known Scully since I was 12 years old. I sparred with him when I was coming up younger, earlier in my career. So Scully knows me. He knows everything about me. We’ve been in the ring together. So he knows my strengths and he knows my weaknesses. So we had the chance to work on all of those things.
And I’m also working on all of my strengths because he knows what they are but to work on my weaknesses. And I think on the 28th everybody will see a total package. And it was a good thing, not a great thing, but the fight didn’t go past the second round so I really didn’t break a sweat. So we got a chance to get back into camp and go back to work. So we got right back to work and I’m going to be in even greater shape this fight right here.
Chip Mitchell: And speaking of the abbreviated version of the fight, it didn’t last long. But were there any things that you picked up during the fight that you can use for the rematch or was this a situation that you feel Bernard kind of did everything you thought he would?
Chad Dawson: No. I think he did everything we thought he was going to. He started head butting early. He started all of his dirty tactics. He kept jumping on my back. Everything he did that night we expected. Even when he hit the canvas we knew he wasn’t getting back up. We knew he was going to fake it until he made it, and that’s what happened.
Chip Mitchell: Both of your responses kind of segue into the next question. Some of Bernard’s tactics have come into question in the past. In the first fight you tried to put your forearm, I guess, into his neck. I guess my question is was that forearm a response to something he did or was it just your way of sending a message that you can change tactics and fight anyway that you need to?
Chad Dawson: Actually you’re the first person to point that out, but that was a little bit of both. I wanted to let him know that I wasn’t going to put up with his tactics all night and I wanted let him know I’m strong, “I’m too strong for you,” and I think he felt that.