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 Last update:  7/22/2013       Read more by Rick Reeno         
   
Dawson's Trainer Disagrees With Stevenson Stoppage
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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 BoxingScene.com.

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.

Tags: Chad Dawson , Adonis Stevenson , Dawson-Stevenson , Dawson vs. Stevenson



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comment by Boxingwizard, on 07-23-2013
[QUOTE=SnakeVen0m]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 probably ruined his entire career (worse than he already ...

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 regather himself maybe, but at the 10 second point, he was still scrambled.

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