Chad “Not So Bad” Dawson Defeated By Jean Pascal After 11 Rounds

Fred KelleyCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2010

TAMPA, FLORIDA - APRIL 12:   Chad Dawson celebrates his win against Glen Johnson after the WBC Light Heavyweight title fight on Saturday April 12, 2008 at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
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From time to time, the sport of boxing delivers a bout with unexpected results.

On paper, the match seems pretty clear and even predictable; southpaw vs. orthodox, height, weight, record of bouts etc.  Experts can look at their achievements and current standings and draw a somewhat reasonable conclusion.

Then there are the immeasurable nuances in a fight.

One axiom encompasses all of those intangibles, “Styles make Fights.”  The expression alludes to the difference of a fight on paper and the two fighters actually squaring off with all the influences considered.

That’s exactly what we saw on August 14th in the Bell Centre of Montreal, Canada with Chad Dawson vs. Jean Pascal.

The 4-1 underdog Jean Pascal delivered a Roy Jones Jr. style beat down that had heavily favored Chad Dawson reeling from the “ping” of the 1st bell.

Pascal confused Dawson with quick hands, great foot work and tremendous upper body movement, thwarting Chad’s ability to hit him cleanly.

Dawson found himself chasing Pascal most of the night, which clearly upset him.  Pascal’s stick and move offense frustrated Dawson and took him out of his game plan.

“Pascal said I would run around like a chicken, but he was the one that ran around like a chicken.  I ended up chasing him around the ring all night.” Chad stated in the post fight press conference.

Round after round, the mounting deficit of points caused concern in Dawson’s corner and rounds 9-11 illustrated Dawson’s ability to overcome adversity. 

Pascal’s momentum was suddenly suppressed as he appeared out on his feet after Chad landed a barrage of hooks and right hands in the 11th.

However his comeback would prove to be futile, as an accidental clash of heads opened a deep cut over Dawson’s eye that spewed blood down his face.

Referee Mike Griffin called a halt to the fight after sending Dawson to be examined by the ring side physician. 

Since the head butt was ruled accidental, they went to the judge’s score cards.  Judges John Keane and Gerald Ritter both scored the bout 106-103 and Judge Jack Woodburn scored the bout 108-101, all in favor of Jean Pascal resulting in an Unanimous Technical Decision win.

Controversy cast a shadow on the unlikely upset due to the expedience of referee Mike Griffin in stopping the fight.  Jean Pascal was hurt and may have been dropped at any second following the clash of heads.  Some stated the referee saved the hometown boy to preserve a win. 

I believe fighters are most honest immediately after the fight, “I thought I was doing my job. I had him hurt before the head butt.  He was holding me and head butting me all night, but I can’t take anything from him.  He fought a great technical fight.” Dawson told HBO

In the opinion of this humble spectator; Chad was too cautious to start the fight.  Pascal’s confidence and ability intimidated Dawson.

Chad’s incredible late rally proved to be too late as the unexpected clash of heads impeded his chance at victory.

Was Pascal hurt badly enough that he could not have sustained another three minutes of boxing had the referee not stopped the fight?

Will the fight end different if the mandatory rematch clause is implemented?

Maybe so; but one thing is for sure Jean Pascal was too much for Chad "Not So Bad" Dawson that night.

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