by Rick Reeno
Former WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-3, 18KOs) returned to action on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, and stopped George Blades in the first round.
Dawson, 31-years-old, is going right back in the gym for a planned return in September. He want to stay active after taking a year off following back to back TKO defeats to Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson.
Earlier this year, Dawson signed a contract with influential adviser Al Haymon. He says Haymon is giving him the opportunity to reestablish himself when most promoters turned their backs to him.
"I'm right back in the gym after this. I can't afford to take time off. This is the second chapter of my career and hopefully it will be good," Dawson said.
"[Haymon] brings stability. He's giving me a shot that most promoters wouldn't give me right now. he believes in me and I want to show him that I appreciate that. I want to end this year great and start next year great."