Originally Posted by F!x
Was the Stevenson KO a sign of things to come for Dawson? Did going down to 168 then coming back up to 175 effect Dawson's ability to take punches for the rest of his career? Or is it just that Stevenson is so much better than Dawson that he would have knocked out Dawson in the same way even if Dawson hadn't been weight-jumping?
Stevenson is just that big a puncher, someone who can hurt and/or finish just about anyone with one good shot. Chad got caught cold on top of it, against a guy like stevenson theres no coming back from that.
That doesnt mean dawson cant beat him or isnt the better fighter though. We didnt know if stevenson was on dawsons level going in but we all knew he had a punchers chance. He cashed in on it, thats boxing. Chad might still be a better fighter.
If he is more patient in a rematch he could very well figure adonis out, neutralize him and outbox him to a decision or even a late stoppage. We all knew thats what he needed to do the first time but he got caught so early its impossible to tell if he is capable of pulling it off or not. He never got into the fight.
We didnt learn anything from the first fight that we didnt already know except maybe chad still has a tendency to overlook oponents. Not in terms of preparation but when it comes to showing them the proper respect in the ring.