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.