Dawson vacates IBF title
IBF light heavyweight titleholder Chad Dawson has vacated his title because, his promoter says, his mandatory defense against No. 1 contender Tavoris Cloud is not “economically viable.”
“The IBF rejected our request for an exception to making an immediate title defense against mandatory challenger Tavoris Cloud and inasmuch as no major television network was willing to buy the fight, the IBF left us little choice,” said promoter Gary Shaw. “I respect the IBF’s decision but the fight they were forcing us to do was commercially unviable.
“Chad looks forward to defending his International Boxing Organization title against the cream of the crop and unencumbered.”
The IBO is considered a fringe alphabet title.
Dawson (28-0, 17 knockouts) is coming off a one-sided decision over Antonio Tarver on May 9. He had beaten Tarver to win the IBF belt in October.
Dawson also gave up his WBC light heavyweight title last year so he could fight Tarver.