Chad Dawson Struggles With
Unanimous Win Over Diaconu
By Jeff Emond Jeffrey
The co-feature of the evening saw Romanian native and former
WBC light heavyweight champion, Adrian ’’The Shark’’ Diaconu
( 27-2-0, 15 ko’s) but fighting from Laval, Quebec, Canada
against former 2 times light heavyweight champions, Bad Chad
Dawson ( 29-1-0, 17 ko’s ) of New Haven, Connecticut, USA in
a twelve round fight. With wins over Omar Sheika, Rico Hoye
and two losing but good efforts with Jean Pascal, Diaconu
still had to face his strongest opponent in Chad Dawson.
Indeed, Dawson’s reputation is maintained by impressive
victories on Eric Harding, Former WBC light heavyweight
champion Tomasz Adamek and two times Antonio Tarver and the
Road Warrior Glen Johnson. More so, it was his first fight
with legendary trainer Emanuel Steward as he wore Kronk gold
trunks for the time. Both fighters were in need of a win,
Diaconu to regain an opportunity to fight for the title and
Dawson to reinstate himself as the king of the light
In the earlier part of the fight, Dawson control the center
of the ring using his southpaw stance and his longer reach
on the shorter Diaconu. He kept the Shark at bay with many
strong right jabs while landing occasional left hooks to the
body and head of the Romanian fighter.
In the middle round, Dawson’s pace began to accelerate while
Diaconu had a hard time getting meaningful blows on the
taller fighter. At this time of the fight, some bruises are
starting to show up on Diaconu’s face.
In the seventh round, cheered by the crowd, which include of
lot of Romanian from Montreal, Diaconu is able to land some
punches, but never in combinations, only one blow at the
time. Dawson seemed to be cruising on a perfect performance.
In rounds number eight and nine, Dawson brings Diaconu to
the ropes with right and left hooks combinations. Still,
Adrian knows only one way to fight and that is going
forward. The former two time champion was getting braver,
but never underestimate a shark. Diaconu bites Dawson with
an overhand right followed by a huge left hook, Bad Chad got
hurt by those punches as he retreat to the ropes himself.
The crowd comes alive.
In the tenth round, Dawson is more hesitant to attack an
aggressive shark. He knows very well that Diaconu is very
dangerous at close range. As a matter of fact, Diaconu hurts
is less confidant foe with another big straight right hand.
In the end of this round, Dawson did the smart thing and got
back to the plan that gave him good result earlier in the
fight, jabbing a lot more and fighting on the outside.
Round number eleven. Diaconu is on the attack again but
can’t find the range with his shorter jabs. After a Dawson
slip, Diaconu seem to have got confidence from it as both
fighters trade hard punches on the ropes, Dawson got the
better of the exchange.
Twelve and final round. The crowd gave an huge ovation to
urge Diaconu for a knockout win. The shark attacks while
Dawson is countering well with a right and left hooks.
Diaconu didn’t get discouraged by them as he fires and
landed three unanswered overhands rights on the American
fighter. In the last minute of the fight, Bad Chad was
visibly hurt and his legs almost gave out on him. He was
indeed in surviving mode, but unfortunately for Diaconu he
could not put his opponent down for a knockout. Both
fighters finished strong with courage, exchanging hard blows
in a interesting bout.
In the end, Chad Dawson improves his record with his
thirtieth victory with an unanimous decision win in a hard
struggle. The judges scores 117-111, 118-110 and 116-112 all
in favor of the winner.