After a mostly lackluster, apathetic August performance against Jean Pascal which cost him his WBC light heavyweight title as well as a spot on the mythical pound-for-pound list, Chad Dawson has decided to bring in hired gun, Emanuel Steward, for his scheduled 2011 rematch with Pascal.
Steward has trained 41 world champions, including Tommy Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Oscar De la Hoya as well as current clients, Wladimir Klitschko and Miguel Cotto. The Hall of Fame trainer’s specialty is refining offensive technique and maximizing his fighters’ power.
“I have always been a big fan of Chad’s and I think he will bring excitement back to the light heavyweight division and to boxing,” said Steward. “I am not interested in winning decisions. I’m concussion crazy. I only want Chad to win by knockouts and I know that’s what he wants to do too. HBO’s investment in Chad is going to pay off big dividends and his stock will be a “strong buy” in 2011, especially after he destroys Pascal in their rematch.
“It was very frustrating watching Chad, who I think has an enormous amount of talent, fighting the wrong type of fight against Pascal,” continued Steward. “At this stage of my career, I’m only going to work with fighters who can achieve greatness and I see greatness in Chad Dawson. Chad Dawson will regain his light heavyweight title and perhaps add titles in the super middleweight and cruiserweight divisions. He is that talented.”
There is no date set for Pascal-Dawson II, but Pascal is contractually obligated to meet Dawson in his next bout.