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 Last update:  8/20/2012       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Chad Dawson Discusses His Background, Boxing Roots
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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!”

Tags: Chad Dawson , Andre Ward , Ward vs Dawson , Ward-Dawson


 

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comment by ddangerous, on 08-20-2012
[QUOTE=ThePhantom5]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 much worse. Everyone thought Dawson was going to ...

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 that when Ward did not agree to 170 he could have easily moved on and just said "I WILL WAIT FOR...

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 look his best. Dawson works on the outside and the defensive tacts w...

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, he fights completely different from fight to fight, and I wouldent be suprised i...

comment by Rip Chudd, on 08-20-2012
[QUOTE=ThePhantom5]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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