Former world light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson is back in action on Saturday night over a year on from his devastating defeat to Adonis Stevenson in Quebec.
The soon-to-be 32 year-old was pummelled in just 76 seconds by the big-punching Haitian-Canadian when surrendering his WBC belt and immediately distanced himself from the sport to assess his situation.
Spending time with his loved ones took Dawson’s mind away from the loss, but the American was always planning to return and now aims to prove his is still a threat to the top fighters at 175lbs in Carson, California.
“I had the privilege of becoming a world champion early. I’ve been a professional for almost 13 years. There was never a doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t come back. I needed to take time to be a family man and come back when I felt like I could come back,” said Dawson.
“I’m looking to get back to being the old Chad Dawson, the smart boxer who has height and reach. Once I get back to that, back to the top. I’m happy to be back in the game. I have to thank Al Haymon for giving me the opportunity; my division is hot right now.
“I’ve seen tapes of Blades from 2007. He looks like a durable guy. He is coming to win, it’s a big opportunity on TV. I don’t have anything to prove except for myself and my family. I know what I am capable of.”
Blades, 39, is himself coming off a loss to Dawson’s old rival Jean Pascal and will want to put in a better performance than the one that saw him downed in five rounds by the WBC number one contender last September.
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