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Old 05-27-2009, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Chad Dawson Vacates Title For Rematch With Glen Johnson

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Chad Dawson has been down this road before: Should he fight a mandatory bout with little commercial value against a relatively unknown opponent? Or go for the money in a fight against a top opponent that fans and media are pushing for?
Just like he did last summer, Dawson went for choice No. 2.
Rather than be forced to fight obscure mandatory challenger Tavoris Cloud this fall in a bout that HBO, which has Dawson under contract, had no interest in televising, Dawson vacated his IBF light heavyweight belt on Wednesday.
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"It's a shame that Chad had to give up his title, but bottom line is that we have to go where the money fights are," Mike Criscio, Dawson's manager, told ESPN.com. "We would have liked to have fought Cloud and kept the title. But if Cloud was in front of me right now I would have no idea who he is. If he delivered me a pizza, I wouldn't know who he is. HBO wouldn't buy the fight so we go back to Glen Johnson, which is fine. Chad is disappointed, but at this point it's about the money. He's got a family to support. He would have liked to keep his belt. He would have liked to keep all of his belts, but this is the way it goes.
"People want to see Chad in a rematch with Johnson, not against Cloud. Johnson deserves a rematch and now we're giving it to him."

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I like this move. A rematch with Johnson may finally get Chad the eyeballs and cash that he has been chasing, and maybe could get fans to forget his underwhelming victory in the rematch against Antonio Tarver.
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: Chad Dawson Vacates Title For Rematch With Glen Johnson

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I like this move. A rematch with Johnson may finally get Chad the eyeballs and cash that he has been chasing, and maybe could get fans to forget his underwhelming victory in the rematch against Antonio Tarver.

Johnson tore Chad up a lil bit when they fought. Johnson is a beast, the only real loss he's had in the past 15-20 years is from Hopkins...
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:10 PM   #3
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Default Re: Chad Dawson Vacates Title For Rematch With Glen Johnson

Johnson oftentimes does commentary on some of the local fights that are televised here in Florida. After he finally retires I would like to see him get the spot on HBO that Manny Steward and Lennox Lewis seem to rotate. He is a hell of a lot more interesting than the both of them combined.
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Default Re: Chad Dawson Vacates Title For Rematch With Glen Johnson

Also for wannabe boxing fans, does this count as a duck? Tavoris is unknown to a lot of people, but he is a very dangerous fighter with a lot of power. In this case is Chad wrong for chasing the purse, and valuing money over the title?
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He's ducking Charlie Zelenoff.
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