One right hook to the head—that is all that National Lacrosse League heavyweight Paul Dawson needed to floor rookie Travis Irving.
Dawson, a 6-5, 225 pound defenseman for the Philadelphia Wings, and Irving, a 6-4, 205 pound defenseman for the Buffalo Bandits, dropped the gloves 2:39 into the fourth quarter in last Saturday’s game, and the rookie soon learned his mistake.
After getting in a couple of good haymakers to the side of the patient Dawson, the Wings' big man began his attack. After throwing a punch to the side of Irving, Dawson reloaded and fired one to the head, dropping Irving immediately.
Both players received five minute major penalties for fighting.
The game was only Irving's second NLL contest ever and it looked as if he was trying to make his mark going up against one of Philly’s enforcers. Instead, it was the mark of Dawson’s right fist on his forehead that left an impression.
And to top off the night, Dawson did it while wearing a pink jersey. All of the Wings' players were wearing pink jerseys in the game in honor of Valentine’s Day and as a fundraiser for cancer awareness.
Wings fans didn’t have a lot to cheer about in the game, but at least they won the boxing match at the center of the floor. At the time of the fight, Buffalo led 13-6 and ended up running away with game at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, winning 16-7.
Dawson has been in the league since 2007 and is in the middle of his fourth full season overall, though it is just his first with Philadelphia. The 25-year old has scored two goals while also adding five assists through the first seven games in 2011. If he continues at his current rate, he’ll eclipse the totals he had in 2009 with Boston when he had three goals and nine assists (12 points).
Surprisingly for a person with a great right hook, Dawson only has 17 penalty minutes this season.
Buffalo and Philadelphia will meet again this weekend as the season series moves to the HSBC Arena in Buffalo. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. EST on Saturday Feb. 19. The game will be broadcasted live on the NLL Network at NLL.com.
To watch video of Dawson’s knockout punch, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/NLL#p/u/1/OUPJUdMy8VM