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Dawson: ‘I’m Ready To Show The World I Am Still ‘Bad’

Chad Dawson has promised to show the world he is ‘Still Bad’ when he challenges Bernard Hopkins for the WBC light-heavyweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The 29 year-old former light-heavyweight champ from New Haven, Connecticut insists he has a game plan to beat the 46 year-old champ.

At a press media work out earlier this week Dawson said: “We have a great game plan. I don’t see Bernard getting past it.

“I am excited for Saturday night. I have been waiting for this. I am ready to show the world I am still ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson.

“I don’t think this [Hopkins] is more of a challenge than Pascal. Pascal fell into Bernard Hopkins’ game plan. He fell right into it. Everyone knows Pascal is a four-round fighter. I was looking for a knockout victory against Pascal. He didn’t really beat me. I beat myself.

Dawson added: “Pascal is definitely a fight I want after this one. I want to avenge that loss. I want to be the undisputed light heavyweight champion when it is all said and done.

“I don’t want to give too much [of my game plan] away. I need to stay busy and not let Hopkins do what he does when he goes in with the razzle dazzle moves.

“I want to show I have a stiff jab. I want to break Hopkins down. I am going to be smart. I want to be a master boxer. It is about going out and showing your skills.

“I am fortunate to be back with trainer John Scully. He has corrected anything going on with me in my past fights. He knows me better than any trainer. I have worked with him the longest.

“I can turn it on when I want to and that is something John Scully brings out of me.

“This is my time to shine. Scully is going to make a difference. The last two or three fights, I haven’t truly been myself. I know I put the work in. I am at my best when Scully is with me.

“Winky Wright keeps telling me that I earned this spot. He says, ‘You’re not here because Bernard is looking for an easy fight. You’re here because you earned this.

October 13, 2011

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