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Chad Dawson: I Left Emanuel Steward To Be The Old Me

By Chris LaBate

According to light heavyweight Chad Dawson, the training location was not a deciding factor in leaving trainer Emanuel Steward after one fight of working together earlier this year. Steward told BoxingScene.com that Dawson refused to train at Steward's Kronk Gym in Detroit, and wanted to train closer to home in Connecticut. Dawson faces WBC champion Bernard Hopkins on October 15th at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"I felt that in order to win this fight, I had to be the old me. When I was with Scully, I was knocking guys out. To go back to being the older me, knocking guys out, I had to go back to my roots, to go back to Scully. I feel more comfortable with Scully. [Leaving Steward] never had anything to do with me being closer to my family," Dawson said.

Dawson's promoter, Gary Shaw, said - "Whoever spread that around [regarding Dawson wanting to train closer to home] it's not true. Chad has spent the last few weeks in the Poconos and he never traveled home. Emanuel Steward didn't want to go to the Poconos and Chad didn't want to go to Detroit."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by alb829 on 09-29-2011

[QUOTE=marzblkman;11222987]How dare a guy wants to go back to his roots and NOT want to be with a "fixer upper" trainer. Stewart is overrated. Yeah I said it. Stewart reared two fighters to championships. When I say rear, I mean…

Comment by Light_Speed on 09-29-2011

[QUOTE=Brother Jay;11224539]And like a prophet, I predicted that Dawson would not stay with Steward. It really didn't take any real insight. One just had to remember that Manny Steward ruins fighters that are not giants in their division like Lewis…

Comment by freedom213 on 09-29-2011

[quote=Steroidgio;11224152]I'm all in favour of the link-up with Scully. It's the right emotional choice for Chad at this moment, and we all know how important the mental aspect of boxing is. If anyone has ever read John talk about Chad…

Comment by William Blake on 09-29-2011

Sad Chad and Fat Gary Shaw do little or nothing for the sport of boxing. Hopkins is going to prey on this guy's weak mentality and make him just another name on the list.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 09-28-2011

[QUOTE=Pullcounter;11223849]dawson is a dumb azz... why don't he wanna train in the kronk? does dawson think he's so famous that he can dictate to steward where and when he fights? is he mad cause steward goes to florida to train…

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