By Clive Bernath: Returning back to his natural weight of 175lbs has given Chad Dawson his confidence back. The 30 year-old WBC light heavyweight king made an error in judgement when he unsuccessfully dropped down a weight to challenge fellow American Andre Ward but going into this Saturday’s title defence against Andonis Stevenson in Montreal, Canada he will be a wiser man.
Dawson hit the deck twice before being stopped in the 10th round by Ward last September and admits taking the fight was a mistake
"I’m back at my natural weight," Dawson said. "The Ward fight took a lot out of me. It was kind of a blessing in disguise to show me I should not have taken the fight at that weight.
“It was my error and he took advantage of it. Now I’m back at light-heavyweight and I’m looking forward to continuing to be the best in the world".
Being knocked down twice by Ward in his last fight will not have done Dawson’s confidence any good at all so the fact he is prepared to take on a puncher like Stevenson in his own back yard speaks volumes.
Of his 21 fights, Stevenson, who lives in Quebec but is originally from Haiti, has knocked out 17 opponents and lost just once, to Darnell Boone-a defeat he avenged in March of this year when he knocked Boone in the sixth round.
Dawson will prove a tough man to beat at his natural weight, equally so too will the 35 year-old challenger which means boxing fans could be in for a real barn stormer on Saturday night.
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