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Chad Dawson, Winky Wright, Scully Interview Transcript
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Gary Shaw   

The open workout was canceled by me because HBO did not communicate with us and let us know that Sergio Martinez was also holding an open workout yesterday in New York City. I felt that it was wrong for us to go against another fighter and Lou DiBella-who's a friend of mine-and to have two open workouts on the same day. So just for clarification sake, that was done by myself. Is John Scully on this call?

OK. I'd like to turn-John Scully who is the head trainer for the fight on October 15th. I'd like him just to say a couple of words.

John Scully

What can I say? We're here. We're training hard, and Chad's looking spectacular, and we're fully expecting to win this fight.

Gary Shaw

Okay. Thank you. We also have Winky Wright in camp with Chad. Winky? You want to say a couple of words to the press.

Winky Wright

I'm happy to be here. I feel that Chad, he's ready mentally as much as physically and we can't wait for the fight.

Chad Dawson          

I'm excited about the fight. As you all know, the fight went for years, and then we finally got it. I'm happy to be back with my former trainer, John Scully. I have my strength and conditioning trainer here, Axel Murillo. And Winky Wright's on board as far as advising me and letting me know what needs to be done for this fight. So everything's great and I continue to feel good. And I'm just excited and ready to claim my titles on October 15th.

Gary Shaw               

Thank you, Chad. The other person that Chad talked about was Axel Murillo, who's part of the team. And he's the strength and conditioning coach out of Louisiana who's been with Chad before in other fights. John Scully, as Chad said, has been with Chad early on in his career. He's no stranger to Chad, nor is Chad a stranger to John. We thought about bringing Winky in. I have the greatest respect for Winky. I worked with Winky during my career, and I know how astute he is at watching a fight and helping a fighter and understanding what a fighter needs to win. So we brought Winky in, and I'm happy that Winky agreed to come in.

So I'd like to turn it over now to the press to ask their questions, and I thank you all again for being on the call.

Q                               

Chad, can you just talk about the decision to bring John on as the trainer? What went into-why are you doing that?

Chad Dawson          

My last fight I was with Emanual Steward. Emanual Steward's a great trainer. I have nothing but respect for him. But I felt like in order for me to win this fight, I have to be the old me. I have to be that Chad Dawson that everybody used to see, the Chad Dawson I was early in my career a few years ago. So I made the decision to reconnect with John Scully, and to me, it was a great move. And I think it's just what I needed.

Gary Shaw               

Just as information, they are training in the Poconos at a training camp, and they have either three or four sparring partners in camp with them.

Chad Dawson          

Good sparring partners too. Great sparring partners.

Q                  

John, congratulations on being back with Chad. Can you, first of all, address which fights were you with Chad on? And also, why did you guys originally separate?

John Scully              

I was with him when he fought Darnell Wilson, Carl Daniels, and Efrain Garcia. And actually, when we separated connections back then, it was more because of his situation with his promoter. It actually had nothing to do with us personally. We were training at a place in Connecticut, but his manager at the time-who he was in the process of separating from-paid the rent at the gym, and Chad used to stay at his house. So because he was parting ways with them, it left no place for us to work out together.

Q                               

Can you talk about the reunion with him and how it is to be back with him? Has he changed? Is he better? How's that going?

John Scully              

Well obviously as a fighter, he's better, he's stronger. He's a grown man now; he's much more mature. But actually-and I've told several people this already-the first day that we worked together, I was curious to see how it would be in terms of me relating to him and him relating to me considering all the success he's had since we last worked with each other. And literally from the first ten seconds of the first round on the pads, it felt exactly as it did back then. He's very, very coachable. And it his credit, despite all the success he's had and being near the top of the pound-for-pound list, he's still very open to learning new things and trying new things. So it literally feels like we didn't miss a beat in all those years.

Gary Shaw               

Lem, before you ask-I could tell you, with the team that's in the camp, and Herman Woodard as advisor-I was up at the camp yesterday-I've never seen Chad in a better mood. I've never seen him happier. And I've never seen him sharper. I have to believe that this is the best training camp that he's had, and he seems to be very comfortable with everybody in it.

Q                               

By the way, Scully, Emanual Steward said that this was a great move by Chad that he went with you, but he did express some concerns about establishing a camp so late before the fight. And Chad, I wanted you, if you could address any of those concerns. Did things just pick up where they left off? Anybody who would say that this is kind of late in the game to switch trainers, how would you respond?

Chad Dawson          

It's never too late. Like Scully said, I'm open to learning. And one thing about me, I love to learn. I feel like if I'm not learning anything from a trainer, I feel like it's time for me to go. So not knocking any of my past trainers or anything like that, but working with Scully-just thinking about working with Scully back in the day, that's when I was the happiest. I was learning. I was stopping guys. I was knocking guys out. So I felt like in order for me to be myself again and go back to knocking guys out and showing guys what I'm made of, I had to go back to my old roots, and that was John Scully. And since we've been in camp, I've learned so much, and I've picked up so much. Like he said, it's like we picked up right where we left off. And if you ask me, I regret ever parting with Scully. I regretted that for a long time. I got a chance to work with some great trainers, Floyd Sr, and Eddie Mustafa Mohammed and other guys like that. But this is where I feel more comfortable. I feel more comfortable with Scully.

Q                               

Okay, Chad. And the last question is, can you-we wrote that you wanted to be closer to your family for this fight. Can you explain specifically? Was there a newborn? And how important was it for you to be home?

Chad Dawson          

First and foremost, I did have a newborn, but I never ever stated or made any kind of comment that I wanted to stay close to home with the training camp. I never made that. When it was time for me to get into training camp, I was here in training camp. We've been up in the Poconos about five weeks now, and actually, me and Scully started working together while I was at home.

So altogether, we've got about six weeks in already. We've got about six weeks of training in. It never had anything to do with me wanting to be closer to my family.

Gary Shaw               

That's correct. Lem, that's a misconception.

Chad Dawson          

-with the kids every morning, but that's not the case. I'm here to do a job. This is my life. And in order for my family to eat, this is what I've got to do. So I'm sacrificing. This is what I've e got to do.

Gary Shaw               

Lem, that's a total misconception. He never said he wanted to be home and train. That was never a discussion. The only discussion between myself and Herman Woodard and Chad was where we were going to set up a training camp. Once it was established that it was going to be in the Poconos, there was never a change. Chad has never left one day to go home. He hasn't commuted. He's been in that camp. So whoever spread that, that is totally, 100% wrong.

Q                               

So basically, he wanted to go to the Poconos, and Emanuel didn't want to travel there?

Gary Shaw               

That's correct. Emanuel didn't want to come to the Poconos, and Chad did not want to go to Detroit. That's the story. And the most important thing is that the fighter feels comfortable.

Q                               

Thank you very much for addressing everything, Chad. Good luck. And John, congratulations.

Q                               

I wanted to ask you, you said you wanted to become the old Chad Dawson. Can you kind of explain what you had become from the old Chad Dawson to the new Chad Dawson? You did explain that you wanted to be the old Chad Dawson who was knocking people out and stuff like that. But tell me what the other Chad Dawson had become?

Chad Dawson          

A bored fighter.

Q                               

A bored fighter?

Chad Dawson          

I became bored. I got bored. I lost to Pascal, and that's a fight I should have never lost. I felt like if I had Scully in my corner for that fight, that wouldn't have happened. Just going back to recent fights, my performance, I feel like I started to slouch a little bit, get lazy. I think Scully is that trainer that has what it takes to bring the best out of me. And again, that's why I'm back with Scully. I don't care what the critics say. People say that I use trainers; I switch trainers from here to there. But at the end of the day, I have to do what's best for my career. And I'm doing what I've got to do for my career and for my family, and that's me being back with John Scully.

And on October 15th, people will get to see what I'm talking about. They'll get to see the hungry Chad Dawson. You'll see the fire in my eyes. You'll see that I'm back, and I'm on top of my game.

Q                               

Do you feel like your career has gone the way you wanted it to, or did you feel that it got derailed a little bit and got off track?

Chad                         

I wouldn't say derailed, because things happen for a reason. And like I said, the Pascal fight I felt-I know deep down, I was on my way to a knockout victory before what happened. But at the end of the day, I think it was a blessing in disguise because I took my first loss. I took it like a man. I didn't cry. I didn't complain. And I just got another chance to show the world that I'm the best. And I got the fight I always wanted, and that's the fight with Bernard Hopkins.

Q                               

This question is directed first of all to Chad, and then also I wanted to ask a question of Winky Wright. But first to you Chad, you're fighting a legend in Bernard Hopkins, a guy that knows a lot about boxing and is comfortable in the ring. How do you plan to solve his knowledge, to get past his acumen as a very experienced boxer?

Chad Dawson          

Be younger, be stronger, be faster, use my legs. I have the better legs. I have the better all-around game, I think. Even with his experience, I've been in the ring with guys with experience.

They said the same thing when I fought Tarver, "He has so much experience," and I proved them wrong. So this is another opportunity for me to prove the critics, prove Bernard wrong, and just to shut everybody up and show everybody that I'm still the best light heavyweight in the world.

And I'm not looking past Bernard. I know he's a great fighter, and I know what he's capable of in the ring. We got Winky Wright here, who's been in the ring with Bernard. He knows all the dirty tricks, everything he's going to try to pull, and he's advising me on all of those things. And he's keeping me aware and keeping me alert. So on that night, like I said, I just go to be the younger fighter and be the smart fighter that I am. Like back in the day with me and Scully, he used to always tell me that, "You got to be a master boxer." And on October 15th, that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to be a master boxer. I'm going to perform.

Q                               

Chad, at the same time, how can you avoid relaxing knowing that this guy is 45 years old, probably almost old enough to be your father. How can you relax and say, "I'm physically stronger. I'm faster," and how can you avoid that?

Chad Dawson          

Like I said, I'm here to prove everybody wrong. The critics have been doubting me for years. They've been throwing me off saying I'm not worthy of this, or I'm not worthy of that. But on October 15th, I will prove to everybody that I'm the best light heavyweight in the world still. And Bernard can't touch me. He won't touch me, and I'm going to prove that.

Q                               

This question is for Winky Wright. Winky, what do you bring to the camp as a fighter?

Winky Wright         

Well first of all, I'm just ecstatic that Gary and the team wanted to have me here. I just think that Chad is a very good fighter, a very good boxer. He's tougher than a lot of people give him credit for. People want to doubt him like he's a quitter, and I've never seen him quit in a fight. I've always seen him have a good heart, and he's a tough kid. And I just came here to try to help him, to instill him to fight his fight-don't let Bernard drag him into the dirty tactics and the different things.

Chad is a great boxer-quick hands, quick feet, youth. And Bernard is a very crafty, smart fighter, and people want to make it seem like he's this great magician. He's not. He's just a hard worker, and he tries to get in your head and outsmart you.

Q                               

Chad, I wondered, could you assess your performance-how you thought you did against Diaconu, because you were coming off of a pretty long layoff? You had changed trainers to Emanual at that point. And you won, basically, every round. But how did you feel in that fight, and think that you looked, going back to look at the fight afterwards?

Chad Dawson          

If you ask me to grade myself, I would've given myself a C+, C-. Like you said, I came from a long layoff. It was a fight that I really didn't want to take because I didn't want to go back to Canada and get robbed again. Not that I got robbed in the Pascal fight, but I didn't want to go back to Canada and have it be a situation where another head butt occurred and they went to the scorecard or anything like that. But I did take the fight, and I was only 70% in there. I wasn't in great shape. I took the fight four weeks, and we started getting to work four weeks before the fight. So I won that fight just off of doing strength and conditioning work.

Diaconu is a great fighter. I think I proved to the world that I still can go out and outbox the best of them. Diaconu, everybody talked about his great amateur background and knockouts and how strong he is, but that night I neutralized all that.

Q                               

Okay, Gary. That's okay. I know you get a little excited sometimes. Chad, when that fight was over with Diaconu, did you get a chance to either in your dressing room on the monitor, or did you come back to ringside, and did you watch and observe the Pascal-Hopkins fight? And if so, what were your impressions of that fight, the way Bernard fought.

Chad Dawson          

He fought into my fight. He picked his punches. He fought in spurts. It wasn't an exciting fight. I felt like if Pascal didn't get sucked into all the mind games that Bernard played and things like that, then he would've fought a better fight. But Bernard, he's a master at that. He talked him out of his game plan. And everybody knows Pascal's only a four-round fighter. He's done after four rounds. So Bernard seen that when I first fought Pascal. So I thought it was a slow-paced fight. Neither of them threw a lot of punches, so that's where I think this fight right here is going to play a big part for me is the punch output. I've got to try to throw at least 1000 punches that fight. We want at least 1000 punches, so that's what we're working on right now.

Q                               

And for Winky, when you fought Bernard, do you think there would have been a different outcome if you wouldn't have suffered that cut? How do you think that fight would have ended up?

Winky Wright         

I definitely think it would have been a different fight. Like I said, I take nothing away from Bernard; you fight different people differently. And after my fight, he came back, and he's been looking very good in his fights. But if I definitely wouldn't have gotten that cut, I definitely think it would have been a different outcome. I still to this day think I beat him, but it is what it is. It ain't the first time I got a bad decision, and it won't be the last. So I take my hat off to Bernard for keeping his career moving and looking impressive while he's doing it.

Okay, that's it. Thanks everybody for participating. Again, we've got a busy schedule for-believe it or not-Hopkins-Dawson. So stay tuned for the upcoming conference call, and then we go right into fight week. So thanks for everybody's participation today. A special thanks to Chad Dawson for taking his time out, John Scully, Winky Wright, and of course, Gary Shaw.

END OF CALL

"Believe It Or Not!: Hopkins vs. Dawson" is a 12-round bout for Hopkins' WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles taking place on Saturday, Oct. 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.  The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T and Ripley's Believe It or Not.  In addition to this championship main event showdown, the televised pay-per-view undercard will also feature Antonio DeMarco vs. Jorge Linares in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Lightweight World Title, Kendall Holt vs. Danny Garcia in 12-round bout for the vacant NABO Junior Welterweight Title and Paulie Malignaggi vs. Orlando Lora in a 10-round welterweight bout.  DeMarco vs. Linares is presented in association with Teiken Promotions.

Tickets for Hopkins vs. Dawson, priced at $300, $150, $75 and $25, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at www.staplescenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000and at the STAPLES Center box office.

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comment by MJ223, on 10-01-2011
[QUOTE=boxing2106]the guy just simply doesnt have a killer instinct hes very laid back.[/QUOTE] Agree. Sometimes it looks like hes deep in thought and not thinking about the fight at all. Skills there though and hes getting a fight that hes wanted for awhile so we'll see how he performs.

comment by Pullcounter, on 09-30-2011
[quote=Boxingwizard]Steward was training other boxers, Andy Lee for example has a fight coming this Saturday.[/quote] this shows that dawson is a primadonna [QUOTE] Dawson style does not need to be changed, he just needs to fix some issues regarding the way he punches and lateral movement. [/QU...

comment by boxing2106, on 09-30-2011
[QUOTE=Boxingwizard]Steward was training other boxers, Andy Lee for example has a fight coming this Saturday. Dawson style does not need to be changed, he just needs to fix some issues regarding the way he punches and lateral movement. He also needs to work harder in training camp. Scully is p...

comment by Boxingwizard, on 09-30-2011
[QUOTE=Pullcounter]I gotta agree. at the end of the day it's you in the ring, not your trainer. all your trainer can do is give you the gameplan and get you in shape. I think the fact that dawson didn't want to go to detroit to train with steward proves something about his character. dawson d...

comment by Pullcounter, on 09-30-2011
[quote=daggum]i see dawson is planning to use the throw 1000 punches and fool the judges calzaghe game plan. will it work again even if he can't connect any clean punches? tune in to find out...[/quote] it's not a bad strategy. hopkins is too crafty and tricky to try and box with. he's older and...

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