Chad Dawson Struggles While Looking To Return To Form, Loses SD10 to To Karpency

Chad Dawson is looking to have a good final act, and he was in the with the right confidence builder, in Tommy Karpency on Saturday night at Foxwoods in CT, and on Showtime…on paper. But in actuality, it was a different deal. Karpency and Dawson looked right there together in the skills department, and so after ten rounds, nobody knew what the judges would say. Dawson, who didn’t throw all that much or with tremendous nastiness, won one card 96-94, another was 96-94 for Karp, and Julie Lederman had it 96-94, for Karpency.

Dawson went 99-316 to 96-372 for the winner. Dawson complained after that the decision was BS and said he hurt his left shoulder in round three.

Dawson won in June, against George Blades, after a bad spinout, a TKO10 loss to Andre Ward, and a KO1 loss to Adonis Stevenson. The Pennsylvanian Karpency, at 23-4-1, couldn’t test Dawson’s iffy wiring all that much, but he boxed smartly.

In the first, Dawson snapped a sharp jab. The lefty looked at a fellow southpaw, who cracked him with a counter. His chin held, no small feat for a fella that’s been down eight times.

In the second, Karp strode forward, looked to take it to the man who’d dealt poorly with heavy leather. Chad moved, then hung around, put together combos, mixed up low and high.

In the third, a right buzzed Chad. Karp’s hand speed isn’t dreadful and he was able to time Dawson, and land clean. Chad was backtracking, not being the imposer, and Karp looked in his element. The right hook, on replay, stung Chad, but again, his senses stayed collected.

In the fourth, Karp snapped a jab, didn’t have to pay when he missed, had the distance he wanted…he was acquitting himself well. Chad ate two lefts late, and you wondered how or if he’d adapt.

In the fifth, a straight left from Karp landed clean. Chad saw openings but didn’t pull that trigger, too much. A chopping left from Dawson late showed he wasn’t conceding. Karp was throwing more and landing a bit more to this point.

In the sixth, Chad started with a peppier jab. A sweeping right hook late, did that steal it for Karp? In the seventh, a left from Chad landed after he backed Karp up. The slow pace suited Karp, but he did eat a right late, and shook his head no. Which of course prompts a job to think maybe he’s doth protesting too much…

In the eighth, Dawson excited his corner with a double jab. But Chad didn’t use his left at all, was it hurt? Late lands from Karp took him the round, maybe.

In the ninth, we did see a couple lefts from Chad. Karp wasn’t pressing enough, not considering Chad is the CT guy. Both men didn’t scream that they wanted it. In the tenth, the pace was not amped. Karp yelled at Chad to engage, strangely, as he wasn’t spazzing like Vinny Paz at all. We went to the cards..

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COMMENTS

-oubobcat :

Dawson looked terrible last night and lost to a more or less club fighter. Yest he hurt his shoulder. Though we were aware of it watching the fight, he certainly made us all clear of it afterwards. Raul Marquez made good points during the telecast that he needed to act like a pro if he wanted to win and frankly did not. It was a decent fight for the first couple rounds and then just turned atrocious. Neither guy really deserved to win to be hones but I am glad the decision went against Dawson.


-SouthPawFlo :

Dawson boxed with no passion & no sense of urgency. He said he hurt his left and tried to win the fight with jabs alone, but he never seem to concerned with throwing more than jabs... Maybe not having his main corner guy really hurt him, but it looked like he thought this was televised sparring.... I had him winning 96-94 but it was a close fight and not the conspiracy robbery he was complaining about post-fight... Another case of wasted potential....


-Radam G :

Dawson boxed with no passion & no sense of urgency. He said he hurt his left and tried to win the fight with jabs alone, but he never seem to concerned with throwing more than jabs... Maybe not having his main corner guy really hurt him, but it looked like he thought this was televised sparring.... I had him winning 96-94 but it was a close fight and not the conspiracy robbery he was complaining about post-fight... Another case of wasted potential....
Ditto! Holla!


-DaveB :

Chad Dawson has a mental problem. I don't mean he is crazy or a misfit in society. He has a severe lack of confidence and he will never be able to show his full boxing potential. I remember when Floyd Mayweather Jr. complimented him as being one of the best boxers at the time, a few years back. Chad was overly thrilled to the point of it being ridiculous. Of course anyone would like a compliment like that especially if it comes from someone you respect and may arguably be the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. But IMO he was just too excited by it. It was as though someone needed to tell him that about himself for him to believe in himself. This is not good for a boxer. As in all of life but really in boxing you must have a good degree of confidence in yourself otherwise you are on shaky ground. Dawson always makes excuses and fights with a lack of urgency. Yeah he is bad alright.


-Radam G :

Chad Dawson has a mental problem. I don't mean he is crazy or a misfit in society. He has a severe lack of confidence and he will never be able to show his full boxing potential. I remember when Floyd Mayweather Jr. complimented him as being one of the best boxers at the time, a few years back. Chad was overly thrilled to the point of it being ridiculous. Of course anyone would like a compliment like that especially if it comes from someone you respect and may arguably be the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. But IMO he was just too excited by it. It was as though someone needed to tell him that about himself for him to believe in himself. This is not good for a boxer. As in all of life but really in boxing you must have a good degree of confidence in yourself otherwise you are on shaky ground. Dawson always makes excuses and fights with a lack of urgency. Yeah he is bad alright.
He apparently has a severe co-dependent personality disorder. Holla!


-brownsugar :

Chad Dawson has a mental problem. I don't mean he is crazy or a misfit in society. He has a severe lack of confidence and he will never be able to show his full boxing potential. I remember when Floyd Mayweather Jr. complimented him as being one of the best boxers at the time, a few years back. Chad was overly thrilled to the point of it being ridiculous. Of course anyone would like a compliment like that especially if it comes from someone you respect and may arguably be the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. But IMO he was just too excited by it. It was as though someone needed to tell him that about himself for him to believe in himself. This is not good for a boxer. As in all of life but really in boxing you must have a good degree of confidence in yourself otherwise you are on shaky ground. Dawson always makes excuses and fights with a lack of urgency. Yeah he is bad alright.
Well said DaveB. I thought that while his opponent was solid (but unremarkable) Karpency was the one who looked more comfortable and confident. Dispite having a day job he seemed like he was more " fight ready ". I would have agreed with a spit decision either way or a draw. What was disturbing was Chads self-defeating behavior after the loss. He totally lost any sense of personal dignity when he began cursing and blaming his loss on a conspiracy by certain unnamed parties who wanted him ousted from boxing. His attitude in defeat told us all we needed to know about Bad Chad's chances of winning another title. (currently nonexistent) Why would there be any need of a conspiracy against Chad when he struggled with a journeyman who took the fight on short notice? The monicker " Bad Chad" speaks more to the quality of his attitude that it does his boxing ability.


-The Shadow :

Well said DaveB. I thought that while his opponent was solid (but unremarkable) Karpency was the one who looked more comfortable and confident. Dispite having a day job he seemed like he was more " fight ready ". I would have agreed with a spit decision either way or a draw. What was disturbing was Chads self-defeating behavior after the loss. He totally lost any sense of personal dignity when he began cursing and blaming his loss on a conspiracy by certain unnamed parties who wanted him ousted from boxing. His attitude in defeat told us all we needed to know about Bad Chad's chances of winning another title. (currently nonexistent) Why would there be any need of a conspiracy against Chad when he struggled with a journeyman who took the fight on short notice? The monicker " Bad Chad" speaks more to the quality of his attitude that it does his boxing ability.
Suge, I can tell you that there are guys in boxing who legitimately thinks he has a mental retardation, including a former trainer of his. I'm not even joking. We had some of his former trainers on radio recently and I've spoken to a few myself. John Scully who worked Chad's corner in the Hopkins fights, told a story after their split how he started acting after that victory leading up to the Andre Ward fight. His remarks gave some interesting insights into the psyche of Chad. They were apparently sitting in a house. Dude got so full of himself that he would send his brother to speak to Scully even though they were literally feet from each other. Keep in mind, Scully knew Dawson since he was a little kid that started boxing! After the Hopkins fight, Dawson had said Scully was the best trainer around and the best fit for him. After Ward completed the excorcism of whatever remained of his soul, he then said Scully wasn't world class. He's one enigmatic character.


-brownsugar :

Sad story but very believable. Was hoping he would find success. But I just can't imagine him going that far inside the ring.....Karpency's reflex's were equal to Chad's.... Just think what would have happened if he could punch?


-Kid Blast :

He should have stayed with John Scully.


-DaveB :

His name should be Sad Chad. I'm not laughing as I write this because it really does make me feel sad and awful. I'm starting to think something is amiss. I had forgotten about his trainer.


-Kid Blast :

He went thru trainers like sh-t goes thru a goose