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Chad Dawson Can Bounce Back, Says Former Trainer

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (32-4, 18KOs), 32-years-old, is still capable of bouncing back, according to his former trainer John Scully.

Dawson has lost three of his last four fight, including two devastating knockout losses and earlier this month he dropped a ten round split decision to huge underdog Tommy Karpency.

Scully describes how most people believe Bernard Hopkins was finished when Joe Calzaghe defeated him in 2008, and now Calzaghe is retired and Hopkins is the WBA/IBF champion at light heavyweight.

"If you remember, it’s been literally six years since Bernard Hopkins lost to Joe Calzaghe and if you were to ask people the night of the Calzaghe fight after he lost, 'What’s up with Bernard?' They would have said, 'Oh he’s done, he’s washed up, he doesn’t have the reflexes anymore,' but now look at him, six years later and he’s still champion and he’s almost fifty," Scully told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

While Scully gives Dawson a shot at recovering his career, he also admits the boxer's career is currently in a bad place.

"On the one hand it doesn’t look very good for Chad and if he continues going with the apparent way that he’s been going where he doesn’t seem to carry that viciousness where he wants to win at all costs. I think if he can turn that around, he’s still young enough where he can do something. I wouldn’t’ necessarily write him off just yet but it would certainly take a change in approach to get back to where he was," Scully said.

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Comment by ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY on 10-31-2014

[QUOTE=deanrw;15061762]I think the drain down to 168, and the followup beating from Ward, pretty much stole what youth he still had in him. Mentally and Physically he is pretty much done. He is a shell of his former self.[/QUOTE] [B]That…

Comment by deanrw on 10-30-2014

[QUOTE=TBear;15025396]Hard to imagine any scenario where Dawson could bounce back at this point. It would be cool if he did but I just don't see it.[/QUOTE] I think the drain down to 168, and the followup beating from Ward, pretty…

Comment by Crazylegs77 on 10-30-2014

Probably he could bounce back to some extent but the odds are slim, unless he actually puts an effort into it. Even when Chad was at his peak and the darling of HBO he put on lazy performances, and showed…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 10-30-2014

Overrated fighter with little skills. He should hang them up now before he gets hurt.

Comment by dan_cov on 10-30-2014

I don't think he has the mentality to bounce back. I bet he looks incredible in the gym but under those lights when faced against a guy who isn't kicking on 45+ that likes to fight at a snails pace…

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