By Butch Gottlieb / www.boxinginlasvegas.com
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
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A press conference was held today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to officially announce the rematch between IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson and former champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver. The fight will be held on May 9th in the new “Joint” concert venue which will seat 4,000 and be televised on HBO. Tickets priced at $250, $175, $150, $75, $50, $35 went on sale today.
I want to thank HBO and the Hard Rock Hotel for putting me on in this latter part of my career. I am supremely confident in my ability to win this fight. Every time I have gone back to the drawing board I have been successful. I can say that I have beat every opponent that has been put in front of me. I want to do something unheard of and that is become the 5 time light heavyweight champion.
Trainer, Antonio Tarver
You have to be a good winner but you also have to learn to lose gracefully and Antonio has learned that.
The last fight was a good one and I was a little apprehensive but I will not do that again. I am just going out there and have some fun. My Manager and my Trainer have said everything that needs to be said.
EDDIE MUSTAFA MUHAMMAD
Trainer, Chad Dawson
Tarver cannot bring a gun or a knife in the ring with him so we don’t expect to see anything different. We have a GREAT team in place and we will be more then ready.
Notes: DynOmite Donatella from Sweden is making her pro debut on the Dawson-Tarver undercard.