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21 JUNE 2018

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SecondsOut Team Picks: Dawson Vs Stevenson

This week’s big fight prediction sees American Chad Dawson defends his WBC light heavyweight title against the big punching Adonis Stevenson at the Bell Center in Montreal , Canada on Saturday.


See below who our army of correspondents think will be victorious


I see this as a very tough and evenly matched fight for both men for different reasons. While Dawson will have to be incredibly focused, stay off the ropes and avoid Stevenson’s big punches, Stevenson will have to try and work out Dawson’s awkward but highly effective boxing style. This is classic boxer vs puncher fight and I see Dawson coming through a few hairy moments to clinch a close but unanimous decision


Dawson pts 12

Clive Bernath

Editor In Chief



t the biggest fan of Dawson. I don’t think he is as good as he is cracked up to be BUT I don’t think that Stevenson will be the guy to shut him down. Dawson has been in with better opposition and his experience will prevail.


Dawson pts 12.

Jerry Glick

New York city




I have a feeling boxing aficionados will look back on Chad Dawson’s willingness to drop down to 168 pounds to meet Andre Ward as the catalyst leading toward the decline of his vastly underrated career. The physical effects of making weight cost Dawson quite a bit of steam which allowed for Ward to dish out one of the more dominant beatings since PBF humiliated Diego Corrales. The mental damage just may exceed the physical in this one. Dawson has never been a physical fighter and stronger men such as Jean Pascal proved to be a hard nut for him to crack. Stevenson, again, will be the physically stronger man in the ring. He will also be packing more raw power than we have seen Dawson have to refuse before. The champion has suffered flash knockdowns in the past and prevailed on points. That is a huge positive going in. I just an not sure I would want to have matched Dawson in this manner coming off of a debilitating loss. If Stevenson can swarm Dawson the Pascal did, this could be an ugly night. If Stevenson can drop Chad even once, I think the champion will unravel mentally. Dawson has never truly been able to accept responsibility for a poor showing. Instead, he deflects things onto his team. Without that resolve, I don’t see him recovering once he is hurt in this bout. I pains me to pick against Chad as a Connecticit native, but I don’t think he’s ready for a puncher. Stevenson KO 4.


Stevenson ko 4

Derek Bonnett







Chad Dawson will be tested when he faces Adonis Stevenson on Saturday. Dawson will have to be more aggressive and fight Stevenson, he can not afford to fight his conservative style, not with the crowd behind Stevenson. They are both Southpaws, Dawson is a boxer, Stevenson is a fighter. This style of fight will force Dawson to throw more punches, which is exactly what he will need to do if he wants to win. Stevenson may not be on the same talent level as say a Hopkins or Ward, but make no mistake, he is a dangerous fighter. He hits hard and one well placed punch can change everything. If Dawson elects to fight, he will have to find his range early and waste no time in setting the tempo of this fight. Dawson does have power and is a smart fighter, he must dig deep and use his skills. Stevenson knows this is the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to finally be known in the ring. Stevenson will have to fight Dawson with more patience and look for openings, making his punches count. The way I see the fight going is this, Dawson will throw more punches than in previous fights, he has to. The tone of the fight will be fast paced for Dawson, a key element for Stevenson. The power and style of Stevenson will prove to be to much for Dawson, expect a TKO for Stevenson as he finds his groove in the later rounds, should be between rounds 8-12.


Stevenson tko 8-12

Ron Valderrama

Phoenix, Arizona





Dawson failed miserably in his attempt to move down the scale to challange super middleweight champ Andre Ward. Clearly weight drained, the loss should not do much to change the fact that Dawson established himself as the best light heavyweight by out-pointing Bernard Hopkins. However, when I look closer there are too many things that alarm me about Dawson. He is a fighter that never seemed to match hunger and heart to go along with his elite talent. Each loss results in a change of cornermen, and one would have to imagine that the way he lost to Ward left a mark on his fragile psyche. I think he’ll race out to an early lead, as he is clearly the master boxer of the two. However, if Stevenson stays patient, I believe he will land a punch late that will change the courses of each man’s career.


Stevenson - tko10

Jason Pribila







Three years ago I pick Dawson in an eye blink but I do so now with trepidation.  The champion hasn’t stopped an opponent in five years and the victories over Hopkins may flatter to deceive because his volume punching style is The Executioner’s worst nightmare.  Stevenson may be easy to find and lacking in experience but his power is undeniable and Dawson is coming off a knockout loss, albeit at an uncomfortable weight class.  All that aside Dawson is the superior boxer and, although I was tempted to go for the upset, he should have too many moves for the challenger.


Dawson pts12

Tom Gray





Dawson by decision. Too much footwork. But considering the venue, they have a way of helping Canadians win.


Dawson pts 12

Jeff Jowett

New York





After a few scares from the power punching Stevenson, Dawson on points

Dawson pts 12

Danny Winterbottom




Adonis Stevenson is due for his matchup with Chad Dawson and unfortunately the odds are not in his favor. I don’t see Dawson having too much trouble with Stevenson putting in a usual Dawson-esque performance, nothing fascinating but still solid. Where I do caution Dawson is in staying away from the ropes and in front of Stevenson. The southpaw Canadian carries some pop in his punch but will likely take a Dawson mistake for it to be a factor. 


Dawson pts 12

José Santana Jr.

Cincinnati, OH



"Chad Dawson is still the man to beat at 175 lbs.  We’ll see how he recovers from the one-sided beating he received from Andre Ward.  Adonis Stevenson is a solid physical specimen.  He looked very strong and powerful in his rematch win against Darnell Boone.  I think Dawson, no matter where he stands mentally and physically at this point, is the better boxer and will find a way to win a decision in Montreal.  Remember, he did beat Bernard Hopkins.  But it won’t be easy."

Dawson W Pts 12

Derek Gionta
Pittsburgh, PA



Dawson     = 7

Stevenson   = 3



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June 8, 2013

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