The WBC sanctioned the rematch between undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) and former world champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) for its interim light heavyweight title today. The bout will take place on November 7th in Dawson’s backyard of Hartford, Connecticut — the first world title bout in Hartford in 20 years. Dawson, a former WBC light heavyweight champion who relinguished the belt to take a fight against IBF champion Antonio Tarver rather than fight a mandatory against Adrian Diaconu, visited Mexico City and personally asked World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman to open the organization’s doors once again, saying that the only world champion belt he wants is the WBC green and gold belt.
Dawson was joined by his promoter Gary Shaw, as well as by his lifelong manager Mike Criscio, both of whom addressed the organization expressing their loyalty and desire to have their champion come back to his home at the World Boxing Council.
“Chad is thrilled that the WBC has sanctioned this fight as it gets him one step closer to regaining the first world title he ever won and even closer to unifying the titles which has always been the goal of both fighters,” said Shaw. “We are grateful to the WBC for seeing the value and the importance of the Dawson-Johnson rematch to the fans and to the division.”