Chad Dawson Media Workout
Photos: Bret "The Threat" Newton
CHAD DAWSON, Former
“We have a great game plan. I don’t see Bernard getting
“I am excited for Saturday night. I have been waiting
for this. I am ready to show the world I am still ‘Bad’
“I don’t think this [Hopkins] is more of a challenge
than Pascal. Pascal fell into Bernard Hopkins’ game
plan. He fell right into it. Everyone knows Pascal is a
four-round fighter. I was looking for a knockout victory
against Pascal. He didn’t really beat me. I beat myself.
“Pascal is definitely a fight I want after this one. I
want to avenge that loss. I want to be the undisputed
light heavyweight champion when it is all said and done.
“I don’t want to give too much [of my game plan] away. I
need to stay busy and not let Hopkins do what he does
when he goes in with the razzle dazzle moves.
“I want to show I have a
stiff jab. I want to break Hopkins down. I am going to
be smart. I want to be a master boxer. It is about going
out and showing your skills.
“I am fortunate to be back with trainer John Scully. He
has corrected anything going on with me in my past
fights. He knows me better than any trainer. I have
worked with him the longest.
“I can turn it on when I want to and that is something
John Scully brings out of me.
“This is my time to shine. Scully is going to make a
difference. The last two or three fights, I haven’t
truly been myself. I know I put the work in. I am at my
best when Scully is with me.
“Winky Wright keeps telling me that I earned this spot.
He says, ‘You’re not here because Bernard is looking for
an easy fight. You’re here because you earned this.
“It is a great feeling
to be in the spotlight and have the opportunity to fight
at STAPLES Center on pay-per-view in front of the world.
“This is exciting. I am going to be in the same arena
where Kobe plays. This is what every fighter dreams of.
I am blessed to be in this position and I am happy to be
“I have always been quiet. I have four brothers and they
are all quiet. I don’t brag. No matter what fortune or
fame comes my way. I will always be humble. People
always tell me to talk trash. If I do that, then I am
stepping out of my character.
“I am in great shape. I had a great training camp. I had
great sparring partners. I am ready.
“I will be a problem for Bernard and I think he knows
GARY SHAW, President and CEO of Gary Shaw Productions
“We have been chasing Hopkins for a solid three years.
Saturday night, Chad will get his wish and Bernard
# # #
“Believe It Or Not!: Hopkins vs. Dawson” is a 12-round
bout for Hopkins’ WBC and Ring Magazine Light
Heavyweight World Championship Titles taking place on
Saturday, Oct. 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles,
Calif. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO
Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary
Shaw Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T
and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. In addition to this
championship main event showdown, the televised
pay-per-view undercard will also feature Antonio DeMarco
vs. Jorge Linares in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC
Lightweight World Title, Kendall Holt vs. Danny Garcia
in 12-round bout for the vacant NABO Junior Welterweight
Title and Paulie Malignaggi vs. Orlando Lora in a
10-round welterweight bout. DeMarco vs. Linares is
presented in association with Teiken Promotions.
Tickets for Hopkins vs. Dawson, priced at $300, $150,
$75 and $25, are on sale now and are available for
purchase online at
www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster
charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets are also
available at STAPLES Center box office.