LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Undefeated former World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion "BAD" CHAD DAWSON is ready to dig for gold when he challenges International Boxing Federation (IBF) / International Boxing Organization (IBO) light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver next Saturday in Las Vegas.


"Drill baby, drill! That's what I'm going to do to Anphonyo Tarver when I finally get that 14-carat chump into the ring," said Dawson from his Las Vegas-based training camp. "At least I won't have to go offshore to get my hands on him. Tarver's going to need a financial bailout to pay for a new set of teeth. I just hope his dentist gets the cash up front because 'Old Chapter 7' isn't the most reliable when it comes to paying off his debts.  Getting rid of Tarver is not just my mission, it's a public service!"


Promoted by AT Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions, the Tarver-Dawson world light heavyweight championship fight takes place Next Saturday!  October 11, in the Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas Nev.  The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) along with the same-day delay of the Samuel Peter-Vitali Klitschko WBC heavyweight title battle in Berlin, Germany. 


Dawson (26-0, 17 KOs), from New Haven, Conn., captured the WBC title, February 3, 2007, winning a unanimous decision over undefeated defending champion Tomasz Adamek.  After three successful title defenses, Dawson vacated the title earlier this summer so that he could challenge Tarver in his next fight.  Tarver (27-4, 19 KOs), from Tampa, is in his third reign as world champion.  Boasting world title victories over Roy Jones, Jr. and Glen Johnson, Tarver returns to the ring after handily defeating defending IBF champion Clinton Woods via a 12-round unanimous decision in Tampa last April.