Chad Dawson

"Bad Chad"

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Real name

Chad Dawson



Rated at

Light Heavyweight


6 ft. 3 in. (190 cm.)



Birth date

July 13, 1982 (1982-07-13) (age 26)

Birth place

Hartsville, South Carolina



Boxing record
Total fights




Wins by KO






No contests


Chad Dawson (born July 13, 1982 in Hartsville, South Carolina) is an American boxer. In July 2008, Dawson relinquished the WBC light heavyweight title to avoid becoming stripped of the title for yet again failing to fight his long-time mandatory challenger and then Interim WBC Champion Adrian Diaconu.

Dawson was born to Wanda and Rick Dawson, a former boxer who compiled a (1-4-1) record[1]. He has 4 brothers and 2 sisters. In search of work, Rick Dawson moved the family to New Haven, Connecticut in 1988[2].


Dawson, a southpaw, made his professional debut on August 18, 2001. He started at middleweight, moving up to super middleweight where he earned victories over notable opponents such as Ian Gardner and Carl Daniels.

Dawson's career was temporarily derailed when he failed a post-fight drug test in 2004 for marijuana. He was suspended from fighting for 6 months. Dawson indicated that this proved to be a motivating factor in his rise as a light heavyweight.[3] Because of this, Dawson's streak of 14 consecutive wins ended when a March 27, 2004 bout against Aundalen Sloan resulted in a no-contest[4].

On June 2, 2006, in his bout with former title challenger and fellow southpaw Eric Harding (23-3-1), Dawson scored a unanimous decision victory, becoming the new NABF light heavyweight title holder. After suffering a flash knockdown in the opening seconds of the first round, Dawson dominated the fight and came away with judges scores of 117-110, 116-111, and 117-110[5].

At age 24, Chad Dawson won the WBC light heavyweight title against undefeated Pole Tomasz Adamek on February 3, 2007. The judges gave Chad Dawson a unanimous decision victory, with scores of 116-110, 117-109, and 118-108[6].

In June 2007, Dawson defended the WBC belt for the first time, in a fight with Jesus Ruiz (19-5-0), winning by technical knockout in round six. The fight was broadcast on Showtime as part of a card that featured former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver. On September 29, 2007, Dawson defeated Epifanio Mendoza by fourth round TKO in his second title defense. In April 2008 as his third title defense, Dawson retained the belt by a controversial unanimous decision victory against challenger Glen Johnson. The three judges each had the fight scored 116-112 in favor of the champion Dawson. Immediately after the decision, the crowd showed their disapproval with a shower of boos. Johnson challenged Dawson to a rematch and Dawson declined saying " I need to move on."[7] Again aired on Showtime, for Dawson the card marked the second occasion for which he and Tarver fought in separate bouts on the same card, with Tarver winning each featured bout. In July 2008 Dawson refused a career-high payday of over one million US dollars and vacated his title to avoid having to meet WBC Interim Champion and mandatory contender Adrian Diaconu, citing television commitments and a potential match-up with Tarver, currently the IBF Champion as the main reason. [8]

Dawson, who is married and has two sons[9], still lives and trains in New Haven, Connecticut. He was formerly trained by Dan Birmingham and Floyd Mayweather Sr., and is now employing the services of Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

Recent Fights


Dawson and his promoter Gary Shaw reportedly flew out to Mexico and camped out for two days in front of the WBC President's house to beg him not to strip him of his title for repeatedly ducking his mandatory challenger, Diaconu. Dawson is reported to have told the WBC President that he wouldn't be able to feed his family if he was stripped.[10] In the end, the WBC didn't strip him, allowing him to fight Glen Johnson, in exchange for Dawson's renewed promise that he would finally fight his mandatory challenger, Diaconu, next. Dawson yet again failed to keep his promise, refusing by far his highest ever purse-offer to fight Diaconu. The WBC ended up regretting having backed and trusted Dawson for so long [11]

Dawson's former trainer, legendary Floyd Mayweather Sr. described Dawson as "retarded" in an infamous article.

Preceded by
Tomasz Adamek
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
February 3, 2007 July 11, 2008
Relinquished to avoid stripping
Succeeded by
Adrian Diaconu
Interim champ promoted