History | Jan 05 2016

On this day Dwight Muhammad Qawi was born

James Slater profiles the former champion
Dwight Muhammad Qawi
HolyfieldQawi

ON this day, January 5 in 1953 in Baltimore, Maryland, Dwight Braxton – who later became Dwight Muhammad Qawi – was born. Despite standing just 5-feet and six inches, Qawi would enjoy a stellar boxing career that eventually saw him campaign all the way up as a heavyweight. It is as one of the finest light-heavyweights and cruiserweights of the 1980s that Qawi is best known though.

After learning how to fight in prison, the man who would go on to achieve worldwide fame as “The Camden Buzzsaw” – Camden, New Jersey being the place Dwight relocated to at a young age – turned pro. In April of 1978 in Washington D.C., after having had no amateur career, Qawi, boxing at light-heavyweight, fighting a six-round draw with a fighter named Leonard Langley. Following the draw, and then a points win followed by a points loss, the 25-year-old romped to a straight 18 wins; during which time he captured the WBC light-heavyweight title. Beating the legendarily-tough Matthew Saad Muhammad, via a 10th-round TKO in 1981, Braxton soon after changed his surname to Muhammad Qawi; due to how he’d adopted the Muslim faith.

Register now to keep reading

We're chuffed that you are enjoying our website. To continue reading and to help us to provide the best coverage and a great online experience please take a few moments to register. You'll be able to read more online content and get the latest news via the Daily Jabs newsletter.

For unlimited access to all our award-winning content including exclusive subscriber-only stories and a digital archive of editions back to January 2012 you will need to subscribe

Got an account? Sign in