Three Quick Questions With Chad Dawson… by Chip Mitchell

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.

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Pittsburgh At Baltimore: The Rematch… by Chip Mitchell

Pittsburgh versus Baltimore.  If you are under 50 years of age, the first thing that comes to mind is those Steelers versus Ravens matchups.  Joey Porter.   Hines Ward.   Ed Reed.  Joe Flacco.   If you are over 50, the first thing that pops into memory is the rivalry between those Pirates and Orioles.  Jim Palmer.   Eddie Murray.  Willie Stargell.  Dave Parker.  The list goes on… Continue reading

Abner Mares and Anselmo Moreno Dominate!

It was a rare evening of boxing last night in Texas that was free of controversial scoring and poor officiating.  Fans finally were treated to an evening chock full of solid, fundamental boxing from two superb champions without it being marred by the corruption and/or incompetence we have grown to expect from bouts held in the Lone Star state.  Continue reading

Intercollegiate Battle Comes To Boardwalk Hall on April 28

In what promises to be one of the most eagerly anticipated American heavyweight matchups of the year, undefeated Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) looks to continue his meteoric rise up the heavyweight ladder with a win over former top prospect Chazz “Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) this month in Atlantic City, NJ on the undercard of the Hopkins-Dawson championship fight on April 28th.  It seems like ages since boxing fans could get legitimately excited for a heavyweight fight featuring two Americans, but the exciting style of Witherspoon and Mitchell has many fans wondering if this could be the spark that reignites the heavyweight division.

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RING KINGS: Mayweather vs. Cotto Analysis and Prediction

by Chip Mitchell 

Analysis of Ring Kings:  Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto scheduled to take place May 5, 2012 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Tale of The Tape

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Miguel Cotto

Age

35

31

Current Status

Challenger

Champion (WBA)

Professional Record

42-0-0, 26 KOs

37-2-0, 26 KOs

Height

5 ft 8 in

5 ft 7 in

Reach

72 in

67 in

Knockout Percentage

61.9%

76.9%

Previous Fight

09/17/2011

12/03/2011

Common Opponents Victoriano Sosa, Justin Juuko, Zab Judah, DeMarcus Corley, Shane Mosley

Miguel “Junito” Cotto

Warrior… Brawler… Vicious body snatcher!  Meet Miguel Cotto.  Miguel Cotto is currently the WBA Super Welterweight (Light Middleweight) Champion.  The Caguas, Puerto Rico native is a four-time world champion in three weight divisions.  Miguel’s boxing career illustrates an athlete with a blue collar style that embodies desire, courage, and a never say die attitude.  He’s been down, but always rises up, bestowing proof-positive the aforementioned qualities that make him a champion.  Check out his fight with Ricardo Torres on YouTube to see what makes him tick.  Miguel is certainly staking his claim for a Hall of Fame enshrinement once he hangs the gloves up for good. Continue reading