History | Jan 05 2016

On this day Dwight Muhammad Qawi was born

James Slater profiles the former champion
Dwight Muhammad Qawi
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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.

Qawi might have caught up with Saad Muhammad at the right time, the Philadelphian’s various ring wars having taken their toll, but it was a fine win nonetheless; and a fight Qawi had to train very hard for – as he explained when speaking with this writer back in 2007:

 

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