CHAD DAWSON, who in Boxing News has spoken of his regret in moving down in weight to challenge Andre Ward, said he knew his old foe, Bernard Hopkins, would turn the clock back once more against Tavoris Cloud to set fresh records as the oldest man to win a world title.
"I predicted Hopkins to do that," said Dawson. "They look at me when I fought Bernard but I made it look easy because I am who I am. I’m tall, I’m lanky, I can do the things I need to do to beat Bernard. I can make it difficult for him. Cloud is a one-dimensional fighter who only knows how to go forward. He can’t fight backing up. He doesn’t know how to do anything but throw big shots. He doesn’t know how to set a punch up and Bernard exposed that."
A third fight with Hopkins is unlikely, but Dawson must get beyond Adonis Stevenson – his first fight since crumbling against Ward – before he can look too far ahead.
He is, however, looking closely at another light-heavyweight pairing.
"I wanted the [Jean] Pascal rematch but that hasn’t panned out," Dawson said. "He’s taken the fight with [Lucian] Bute (that will happen in December or January) and we will see what happens in that fight but I will be pushing for the winner of that one."
Pascal beat Dawson on an 11-round technical decision after a clash of heads left Dawson badly cut.
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