Feature | Premium | Apr 19 2019

Dwight Muhammad Qawi – I fought like I was chopping down trees

On the anniversary of his professional debut, Dwight Muhammad Qawi explains how he became 'The Camden Buzzsaw'
Dwight Muhammad Qawi

FORMER WBC light-heavyweight and WBA cruiserweight champ Dwight Muhammad Qawi – all 5ft 7ins of him – was a terrific fighter in his day. With no amateur career, Qawi – who had been sentenced to five years in jail for robbery, learning how to box while in Rahway State Prison – made a swift march to the top. Turning pro in 1978, the Maryland native with the incredible workrate and subtle defence went 1-1-1 in his first three fights, before going on to make astonishing progress. Now the Hall of Famer has some career to look back on. Despite being in fine health, he does have his regrets, however. 

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