Dawson's Trainer Disagrees With Stevenson Stoppage

By Rick Reeno

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, the trainer of former champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17KOs), was irate after referee Michael Griffin stopped Dawson's fight with Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18KOs) in the first round. During the June match, which took place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Dawson was clipped early in the first round. He went down hard, made it up on wobbly legs, and the referee felt Dawson was too damaged to be allowed to continue.

Muhammad explained why he was so angry after the fight was over.

"The referee came into the dressing room and said 'whoever got knocked down, I'm going to give up a chance to continue if you get up and walk to me with your hands up.' Chad got up and walked to him with his hands up and he stopped the fight. So I told him 'you did something entirely different. You contradicted yourself.' That's all I was saying to him," Muhammad told

On the night of the fight, and after he watched the replay at home, Muhammad still believes Dawson was more than capable of continuing.

"He was in such good shape, mentally. I've seen guys that Stevenson hit with that same shot, and they were stretched, they didn't get up and took the count of ten. Chad took it right on the chin, went down, took his time and got up - put his hands up and walked to the referee," Muhammad said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxingwizard on 07-23-2013

[QUOTE=SnakeVen0m;13579357]WOW, he's just trying to safe face and keep himself on Dawson's payroll. Dawson was very hurt. he didn't even have the energy or brain power to bring up his gloves, let alone continue. He could've gotten severely hurt and…

Comment by MDPopescu on 07-23-2013

Dawson mechanically moved his head to the right -- until he met Adonis' left cross.

Comment by Weebler I on 07-23-2013

Stevenson would've decapitated him with another shot.

Comment by MDPopescu on 07-23-2013

Dawson is one of the most bizarre fighters I've seen.

Comment by deanrw on 07-22-2013

When he got up, not only were his legs gone, but he also would not stop blinking rapidly, like he was seeing double and trying to get his focus back. He was done. If he had 5 more seconds to…

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