I think it's a combination of things : dehydrating himself to make 168, getting KO'd by Miranda in sparring and then getting beat up by Ward. All those things eroded his punch resistance AND Stevenson is a very big puncher.
Originally Posted by dan_cov
Dawson has always had a questionable chin I'm not sure why people deny it.
It was questionable years before he fought Ward. That is the reason he fights so negatively, hes packing glass!
Watch the first Johnson fight, he took massive shots and didn't look really hurt at any point.
Originally Posted by Earl Hickey
He had no business getting hit by that punch
Agreed, everybody and their mother knew that Stevenson is a 1-2 fighter, he throws that combination all the time, Dawson had to have known that coming in if he watched any tape. I'm shocked he didn't duck immediately after Stevenson threw the jab, he really has lackluster defense and reflexes. I guess that's why he struggled with every explosive fighter he faced and only looked good against old men.