Boxing Notebook: A stunning upset

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: August 16, 2010

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NEW YORK (BASN) — What was suppose to be another opportunity for Chad Dawson to continue proving that he was the new king of the light-heavyweight division turned into a sore disappointment.

Dawson, in an attempt to claim the WBC light-heavyweight championship at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, suffered the worst beating of his career.

French-Canadian hometown favorite Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs), behind a wicked display of speed and better boxing skills, simply beat Dawson (29-1, 17 KOs) through eleven rounds to win a technical decision.

The bout was part of a special one-fight broadcast on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” series.

The bout ended at the end of the 11th round after Dawson suffered a cut above his right eye from a headbutt. When the scorecards were read, it was Pascal who had a sizable lead on the scorecards: 108-101, 106-103 (twice), and deservedly so.

“I showed the world on HBO that I am better than Chad Dawson,” said Pascal following the third successful defense of the WBC 175-pound title dating back to June 2009.

Leading up to the fight, Pascal was fuming at the fact that the 28 year-old star from New Haven, Ct., was heavily favored to unseat the younger champion in front of avid supporters.

Pascal, originally born in Haiti, strongly believed that Dawson and his camp were crazy and out of mind if they the same man that twice defeated both Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson was going to beat him in Canada – period!

From the opening bell, Pascal, the fast 5-foot-11 boxer fought the taller 6-foot-3 American challenger with zeal. Pascal wasn’t willing to wait on Dawson’s motor to star running.

Pascal simply outfought, out-jabbed, and beat-up .Dawson. There were times when it appeared as though Dawson was badly hurt and ready to go at the hands of Pascal’s aggression.

Needing a knockout to win, Dawson stunned Pascal with a hard right hand in round eleven. Pascal was seriously hurt and Dawson appeared to have the break he needed to win. Suddenly an accidental head-clash ended the bout.

The question is had Dawson been allowed to continue into the twelfth and final round, would he have had enough in the tank to knockout a dominant Pascal?

There is a rematch clause, but Pascal has the option to pursue an optional defense first. Dawson strongly believes that he should have been allowed to finish the fight and that he was going to KO Pascal.

Dawson vs. Pascal I was a good fight – REMATCH ANYONE? HBO is buying.

Michael Grant ready for Tomasz Adamek

Former world heavyweight title challenger Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) is taking his experience as a professional fighter against former two-division world titlist Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday, August 21, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Grant, the 6-foot-7, 250-pound giant, will battle the much smaller 6-foot-2, 220-pound Adamek. The former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight champion has been on a roll as of late.

Adamek has defeated former U.S.

Olympian Jason Estrada, and heavyweight title challengers Andrew Golota and Chris Arreola since moving up. Adamek is heavily favored to win, but Grant has more experience at heavyweight.

“I’m ready for this fight,” Grant said during a recent conference call. “I’m more solid at this level right now. I’ve got a nice team, great training camp. I’ve got Eddie Mustafa and this is one of the times that I’ve trained the hardest.”

“The only time I’ve trained harder than this is when I fought Lennox Lewis, so this is how I know that things are lining up for me to be victorious.”

“Adamek vs. Grant: The Big Challenge” can be seen live on Intergrated Sports Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 PM/ET for $29.95. Tickets for the show ($53-$253) can be purchased at the Prudential Center box office box, ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or www.Prucenter.com

DiBella signs unbeaten prospect

Boxing promoter Lou DiBella has signed undefeated junior middleweight contender Steven Martinez (5-0, 5 KOs) to a long-term promotional pact. The 20 year-old from the Bronx, NY is co-managed by the late Arturo Gatti’s former manager Pat Lynch and New York Giants star running back Brandon Jacobs.

“Steven knows what hard work means. He knows it takes hard work to be a champion in boxing, just like in my business,” said Jacobs. “Even when he doesn’t have anything lined up, he is in the gym working hard.”

The former 2008 Golden Gloves champion also added a National title to his credit. However, Martinez believes that his style is a better for the professional ranks.

In the amateurs, I didn’t have an amateur style,” said Martinez. “I was an amateur champion, but I fight better as a pro. I’m happy I can perform with a great promoter by my side.”

DiBella labels Martinez, who has fought professionally since August 2009, as a must-see. “Steven is a can’t-miss prospect, who is mature beyond his years both inside and outside the ring,” said DiBella.

“He already has a solid team backing him, and with my company in his corner, his potential is great.”