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Chad Dawson Discusses His Background, Boxing Roots

WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson discusses his boxing roots. Dawson challenges Andre Ward in an HBO televised main event for the WBC/WBA super middleweight titles on September 8th at the Oracle in Oakland, California. HBO's 24/7 Road to Ward/Dawson debuts on August 25th.

Discuss your decision to choose boxing, and how your athleticism in basketball (and other sports) helped shape you into a World Champion.

Chad Dawson - “I decided to take up the sport of boxing because my father was a boxer and he introduced me to the sport when I was 4 years old.  He couldn’t take his career to the next level because he had a family to look after.  I have six siblings, four brothers and two sisters, so you could imagine how tough it was trying to make ends meet for him.  My brothers and I spent a lot of time training in the gym with my dad and I fell in love with the sport at a young age.   Once I started fighting amateur, I really believed I could be one of the best, because it was such a natural feeling for me to be in the ring.

“I always wanted to show my dad that I could be a great boxer and one day become world champion.  I fulfilled that dream and I know he’s proud of me for accomplishing that goal, because his career got cut short.  He always wanted me to succeed as a boxer and his desire for me to be the best was great motivation.” 

“In high school I played quarterback and wide receiver and was the starting point guard on the varsity basketball team.  Those positions require a lot of mental preparation and I really believe it helped me be a better thinker in the ring.  While juggling all three sports, it was very difficult to stay focused on my academics, and my grades started to fade.  I lost my starting position as a point guard and my interest in football was no longer there.  When you’re a young teenager growing up and the future looks dim, you can easily get caught up in the wrong crowd and head down the road to destruction. I needed to make a decision on what I wanted to do with my life and decided to dedicate myself to the sport of boxing.”

“In boxing, it’s a gift to be able to make adjustments during the middle of a fight, and my experience playing quarterback and point guard definitely helped out.  I consider myself an intelligent fighter and one that can make an adjustment on the fly.  Right now I’m on top of the world and I took this fight with Andre Ward because boxing should be about the best fighting the best.  That’s what real fighters do…fight the best!”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 08-20-2012

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;12439567]I got Dawson winning a close UD. 116-112 or 115-113 across the board. Stop comparing Pascal and Ward. They fight nothing alike.[/QUOTE] I wasn't. Ward >>> Pascal. That's why I said I see it being like the Pascal fight, but…

Comment by KnockUTheFukOut on 08-20-2012

One of the few fighters today that wants to fight the BEST and make no excuses, never hear of him price himself out of a fight or complain about having to go to another fighters back yard or any of…

Comment by 2501 on 08-20-2012

Anyone thinking Ward is going to dominate lacks any boxing intuition. What makes Dawson hard to dominate is also what makes him frustrating to watch. He gets too cautious and gun shy and Ward needs agressive fighters to make him…

Comment by 110110110 on 08-20-2012

I fear that ward dossent have enourgh pop to get dawsons respect and when ward tries to get inside he will get blasted with precise dawson artillery. But ward is a enigma inside the ring, watch his last 12 fights,…

Comment by Rip Chudd on 08-20-2012

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;12439567]I got Dawson winning a close UD. 116-112 or 115-113 across the board. Stop comparing Pascal and Ward. They fight nothing alike.[/QUOTE] This right here^^^^^

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