Dawson & Diaconu Press
By Daniel Cloutier
On Thursday it was the turn of Adrian Diaconu and Chad
Dawson to meet the press, at the Houston restaurant on
Square Victoria in downtown.
Emmanuel Steward said, "You will see a Chad Dawson
transformed Saturday night. I always considered Chad as a
super fighter, but a fighter who was not using all his power
offensively. You will see him win more and more fights by
K.O. I am positive that Chad will be one of the best
fighters in the world this year and the next year. He will
impress everybody Saturday night."
Adrian Diaconu said. "I have waited four years to fight
Dawson, you can figure how much I am impatient to be in the
ring Saturday. I got a great preparation and Pierre Bouchard
and Stephan Larouche prepared a perfect strategy for Dawson.
I know that I am not favorite to win that bout, but watch me
Dawson said, "I am sure that Diaconu knows that he cannot
dominate rounds against me so he will try for the K.O. round
after round. However he is dreaming if he believes that he
can knock me out. NI have never been knocked out, and It
will not begin Saturday. After this terrible loss with
Pascal I hired Emmanuel Steward as trainer and I know now
that I will be better than ever. I am very determined to
become the best fighter "pound for pound" in the world. I am
planning the be the big star of the evening Saturday. Watch
me, you will see fireworks when the fight gets started."
Pierre Bouchard said, "Adrian has chased Dawson for four
years and he will chase him from the first to the last round
Saturday. Adrian is persuaded he will win the bout and i am
persuaded myself. A perfect preparation, a perfect strategy,
a huge effort from Adrian, all the ingredients will be there
to surprise Dawson."
Gary Shaw said, "Chad will destroy Diaconu and beat Pascal
in a rematch next fall. Chad is the best light heavyweight
in the world. August 14th, Pascal was lucky to win. He was
in serious trouble in the 11th round, but the fight was
stopped because Chad got a dangerous cut over the right eye.
But Pascal has to beat Hopkins in first. If Pascal wins
Saturday I donít expect any problem to organize the rematch
with Chad, because I know the intentions of Pascal and Yvon
Michel. But if Hopkins wins, I donít know what will happen,
even if the WBC is forcing him to fight Chad."