Dawson dominates Johnson
Chad Dawson scored a unanimous decision in his rematch with Glen Johnson at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. on Saturday.
Dawson (28-0, 17 knockouts), who won by scores of 115-113 (twice) and a more accurate 117-111, befuddled the 40-year-old veteran for most of the fight with his quick hands, fast footwork and accurate combination punching.
Dawson won their first fight, which took place in Florida 19 months ago, by a controversial unanimous decision.
There was nothing controversial about Dawson's points win on Saturday. Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KOs) could not cut the ring off on his elusive but more-active opponent and the older man had a difficult time landing clean blows while in pursuit.
Whenever Dawson planted his feet and let his hands go, Johnson was too busy covering up to launch punches of his own.
Dawson's rematch with Johnson sandwiched two consecutive bouts with Antonio Tarver. After the fight, the 27-year-old southpaw said his business with the former champs is finished.
“This chapter in my book is closed,” Dawson said during his post-fight interview on HBO, which televised the bout live. “The Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver chapter is closed. Now I can move on and fight some new faces and claim my spot at the top (of the division).”
Many would argue that he's already at the top. THE RING magazine ranks former champ Bernard Hopkins No. 1, which is why Dawson said he would like to fight the 44-year-old future hall of famer.
Dawson said if he couldn't land a match with Hopkins, he would target the winner of the Jean Pascal-Adrian Diacanu rematch.