OriginNew Haven, Connecticut, United States
On June 2, 2006, in his bout with former title challenger and fellow southpaw Eric Harding (23-3-1), Dawson scored a unanimous decision victory, becoming the new NABF light heavyweight title holder. After suffering a flash knockdown in the opening seconds of the first round, Dawson dominated the fight and won a unanimous decision.
At age 24, Chad Dawson won the WBC light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision win over undefeated Pole Tomasz Adamek in 2007.
On September 29, 2007, Dawson defeated Epifanio Mendoza by fourth round TKO in his second title defense and, seven months later, retained the belt by a controversial unanimous decision victory over Glen Johnson.
On October 11, 2008, Dawson defeated IBF/IBO Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver. Dawson, who was more active and controlled the tempo, knocked down Tarver late in the fight and won easily on all three scorecards.
On 7 November 2009, Dawson once again outpointed Glen Johnson in their rematch. There was no controversy this time as Dawson won again via unanimous decision.
In 2010, Dawson lost his ranking as the world's best light heavyweight after meeting Canada's Jean Pascal, the reigning WBC champion. Pascal won the fight by technical decision in Round 11 after an accidental headbutt. All three judges had Pascal winning by a comfortable margin at the time of the stoppage.
Dawson initially won the The Ring and WBC Light Heavyweight titles due to controversial TKO win after Hopkins was unable to continue after getting thrown from a clinch. However, on October 20, 2011, the TKO ruling was ruled a Technical Draw by the WBC and Hopkins remained the champion. On December 13 the California State Athletic Commission changed the official decision to an No Contest (NC). Two days later, the WBC ordered a rematch between Hopkins and Dawson.
Dawson won the rematch with Hopkins via Majority Decision on April 28, 2012 to secure the The Ring and WBC Light Heavyweight titles.
Long reach (76½″)
Major World Titles
WBC Light Heavyweight
IBF Light Heavyweight
IBO Light Heavyweight
MD 12 Bernard Hopkins - 2012
UD 12 Glen Johnson-2009
UD 12 Antonio Tarver - 2009 *
UD 12 Antonio Tarver - 2008
UD 12 Tomasz Adamek - 2007
UD 12 Eric Harding - 2006
TKO 7 Carl Daniels - 2004
TKO 10 Andre Ward
TD 11 Jean Pascal -2010