The last time we saw Chad Dawson step into the ring he moved down in weight to face Andre Ward, in a fight that could have been career defining as his victory over Bernard Hopkins. Even though Dawson said that moving down in weight would have no issues whatsoever, he was clearly at a disadvantage. Ward thoroughly outclassed and outworked Dawson to get a 10th round TKO victory over the previously once beaten Dawson.
Would the outcome of the fight have been the same if Ward had moved up in weight instead of Dawson? It’s possible, but there is not for sure way to tell unless it actually happens.
Dawson was on the brink of gaining revenge on another previous opponent who had beaten him as well. It seemed imminent that Jean Pascal vs. Chad Dawson 2 was going to happen but negotiations fell through and Pascal signed on for a Canadian mega bout with Lucian Bute.
In steps Adonis Stevenson. Stevenson is a tough and dangerous opponent, who is moving up in weight to take on Dawson. Stevenson will definitely take the fight to Dawson in a high risk, high reward fight for both fighters.
Is it a smart move for Dawson to take on Stevenson? Of course it is. Even though there is plenty of legit competition in the light heavyweight division a fight with Stevenson could bring on bigger things for Dawson.
Dawson is a proven champion but has much to prove after the Ward fight. Will the beating he took, although he was weight drained, have a permanent effect on him physically or mentally? To stay relevant as a top fighter, Dawson will have to prove to himself, the fans, and to Stevenson that he is still bad and come away with a clear impressive victory.