By Matt Richardson
After light heavyweight title-holder Chad Dawson beat Glen Johnson in April of 2008, there was a lot to say. Some voiced their opinion that Dawson won, some thought Johnson won and other’s thought it was a draw. It was, in short, a compelling, competitive fight with a debatable outcome. But that wasn’t the case on Saturday night. In arguably the finest performance of his still young career, Dawson (29-0, 17 KO’s) dominated Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KO’s) to win a 12-round unanimous decision at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Dawson won. Johnson lost. And now both men will move on with their careers in different fashions.
“In this fight I eliminated everything,” Dawson said at the post-fight press conference. “I used my legs, I used my boxing skills and I used my youth. I’m still learning. I got a long way to go but I will be on the top soon,” he said.
“It was a great boxing match,” said Johnson. “Chad Dawson boxed, he moved, he kept turning and he was able to escape from my bigger punches. He fought a smart fight and he did what he had to do. I wish him success with this victory and I give him all the applause,” Johnson said.
“Glen put out everything he had tonight,” said Lou DiBella, Johnson’s promoter. “Glen gave a good effort but that wasn’t good enough for a good, young talent like Dawson.”
As for the future, Dawson promoter Gary Shaw said he planned on having Dawson and junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo (who destroyed Harry Joe Yorgey in the co-feature) back in a double-header sometime in April. The next immediate opponent for Dawson will likely be the winner of the rematch between Jean Pascal and Adrian Diaconu. There is also the real possibility that Dawson could fight the winner of the proposed Bernard Hopkins – Roy Jones fight sometime in 2010. But that probably won’t happen for at least eight months to a year.
“We’re not going to wait for them,” said Shaw. “After they fight and if Roy Jones wins he’ll have the balls to fight Chad Dawson. If Hopkins wins, he’ll find another way to get out of it.”
As for the 40-year old Johnson, there are still decent fights on the horizon for him should he elect to continue his career. “I’m willing to work,” he said. “I just need a dance partner to work with.”
Overall, however, the press conference was subdued. There really wasn’t much to say, really.
For this night at least, Dawson’s fists seemed to do all the talking.