Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pascal Cuts, Defeats Dawson

Nigel Collins (far left), Editor in Chief of The Ring Magazine,  holds the belt that its new champ, Jean Pascal, would win over Chad Dawson.

Dawson was not "Bad" in his Canadian debut against popular Quebec fighter Pascal. But Pascal was not as explosive as usual. When either fighter appeared hurt, the opposing fighter would back off.

From the outset, Dawson looked to control the fight with his jab while Pascal would throw overhand right with mixed results while throwing flurries to end the round. In the fateful 11th round, Dawson once again appeared to have Pascal ready for the taking and was pouring it on when their heads collided, causing a nasty gash to Dawson's right eye causing the doctor to stop the fight. The late Arturo Gatti made a career from kayoing opponents with at least both eyes cut. For Dawson, who appeared visibly upset by the stoppage, there would be no chance for such a miraculous comeback.

Neither fighter looked particularly impressive but both fighters, and you can add Lucian Bute's name in the mix, need to watch out for Tavoris Cloud, who never stops throwing mean punches.

A dark Cloud looms over the light heavyweight division.

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