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..