By Francis Walker
Updated: February 6, 2007
NEW YORK — Chad Dawson, with the help of new trainer Floyd Mayweather, Sr., won his first world title by dethroning previously undefeated Tomasz Adamek (31-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday.
Dawson (23-0, 15 KOs) claimed the WBC light heavyweight championship with an unanimous 12-round decision at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
“When I switched trainers, I knew it would be for the best,” Dawson said after the fight. “It paid off. We had our differences but we buckled down. Floyd Mayweather is the best trainer of all time.”
Mayweather, Sr. is the father of undefeated, four-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Mayweather, Sr. was credited for shaping his son with the dynamic boxing skills he developed before Floyd’s uncle Roger Mayweather started working with him.
Mayweather, Sr. has spent the last seven years working with Oscar De La Hoya. Under Mayweather, De La Hoya earned several of his most impressive knockout victories: Arturo Gatti (TKO 5), Fernando Vargas (TKO 11), and Ricardo Mayorga (KO 6).
Reportedly, Mayweather, Sr. demanded $2 million to resume training De La Hoya, the man who will fight his son, undefeated four-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in perhaps the biggest boxing event in history. De La Hoya offered $500,000 with an additional $500,000 in bonus money should Oscar beat Floyd.
Mayweather, Sr. declined and was replaced by Freddie Roach.
“I really thought Adamek won one or two rounds only. Chad was dominant from the start. I liked Chad’s speed but I didn’t like his combinations. When he had him hurt, he could have finished him. He needs to press more and pick his shots, then really dig in.”
Dawson, a young, strong, and newly crowned undefeated light heavyweight champion finds himself in a golden position. Fights against Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, Glen Johnson, and a past-prime Roy Jones, Jr. could make for very interesting fights.
Although Hopkins retired after winning the world light heavyweight championship from Tarver in June 2006, he is quietly planning a comeback. Hopkins reportedly has a July 21st HBO date. Hopkins could meet Jones in a rematch since their initial 1993 encounter. Jones beat Hopkins, via 12-round decision to win the vacant IBF middleweight championship.
Should Hopkins and Jones fail to renegotiate an intriguing rematch, “The Executioner” could also face Winky Wright in a catch-weight bout. Dawson would also be a good, but unlikely candidate for Hopkins.
Former three division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley (43-4, 37 KOs) looks to extend his current four-fight winning streak when he faces former WBA welterweight champion, Luis Collazo (27-2, 13 KOs) at 147 pounds. Mosley returns to the welterweight division after scoring two knockout victories against former two-time world junior middleweight champion, Fernando Vargas in 2006.
Collazo’s most recognizable fight was when he lost the WBA title to unbeaten Ricky Hatton last year. Collazo, the young 25-year-old southpaw boxer from Brooklyn, NY, survived a first-round knockdown Hatton. Collazo fought well and managed to hurt Hatton in the final round, but ended up losing a close unanimous decision (112-115 twice, 113-114).
Collazo should be a good match for Mosley. Mosley’s two biggest victories: He is the only fighter to twice defeat Oscar De La Hoya. Mosley beat De La Hoya in June 2000 to win the WBC welterweight championship after moving up two weight classes (135-147). Mosley beat De La Hoya again in September 2003 to unify the WBC/WBA junior middleweight championships (154).
Mosley’s two victories against Vargas were his two biggest wins in nearly four years.
Collazo is a good enough test to see if Mosley, at 35, can continue to be the flashy, fast, and ferocious, power-boxer he was before losing a pair of decisions to both Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright several years ago.