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Dawson camp running well under Steward

Posted by José Santana Jr. on May 4, 2011
DETROIT (Press Release) — Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward is hard at work at the Kronk Gym in Detroit with his new client, former WBC light heavyweight champion  “Bad” Chad Dawson (29-1, 17 KOs), for Dawson’s upcoming 12-round  match-up against Romanian-Canadian light heavyweight contender Adrian Diaconu (27-2, 15 KOs).
Chad Dawson is preparing with new trainer Emanuel Steward for his May 21 bout with Adrian Diaconu (Joe Bruiser)
The two will meet on the undercard of the May 21 “Dynasty II: Pascal vs. Hopkins” rematch at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada,  and it will be more than a non-title clash of top 175-pound contenders for  Dawson. If he wins, Dawson will face the winner of the Jean Pascal and  Bernard Hopkins bout in an effort to regain the belt.
Steward,  known for his ability to analyze fighters and formulate winning fight  plans, says he sees why Dawson is a champion and is currently working to  change some technical errors in the style of the 6-foot-1 southpaw. “He’s  unbelievable; phenomenal balance,” Steward said. “He goes in and out and changes  directions very, very well. He’s a terrific positional fighter. A lot of  guys are always out of position, but Chad is sensational at getting in  the right position to punch. He’s a natural athlete with a track  background. A lot of boxers are that way, very gifted athletes.”
As  far as weaknesses, Steward says Dawson may be trying too hard to  emulate his boxing idol. “He fights closer than he should. We’re working  on a problem where he’s dipping down too low. His hero was Pernell Whitaker,  who used to like dipping down and ducking and dodging in close. This is  something that’s not good for Chad Dawson to be doing. I like my tall  fighters to fight tall.”
At  Kronk, Dawson is sparring with a wide assortment of fighters. “This  week and next week will be our really tough weeks,” Steward said. “We’ll probably do  about sixty rounds of sparring this next week or so.”
While  many experts maintain that Dawson is actually the most skilled fighter  on the card that night, main event included, Steward says victory of  Diaconu is far from a given.
“He’s  a good fighter. He’s very under-rated. He punches well and has good  coordination. Plus there will be a big crowd of support for him from the  Romanian fans in Montreal. I think his reception from the fans may  exceed Jean Pascal’s that night, in fact.”
Dawson  is also, once again, working with well-respected conditioning coach  Axel Murillo. Steward says that between them, the two men keep the  former champion active for most of the day.
“After  the gym, he goes home and showers and eats and sometimes likes to go to  a movie or go bowling. Three days a week we all go to a fine dining  restaurant, normally Italian, and just connect as people and go through  strategy. Chad is a very quiet person. The most unique thing about him  is he’s into his family like nobody else. He’s 24/7 on the phone with  his kids. The man is a very good father. Give him a laptop and a  telephone to talk to his kids and that’s all he needs. I don’t know if  he goes two hours in any day without communicating with his kids.”
“Dynasty II: Pascal vs. Hopkins” is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions and presented by  Casino de Montreal, Videotron and Coors Light.  The 12-round WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight world title rematch  will take place May 21  at the Bell Centre in Montreal and will be televised live on  HBO’s World Championship Boxing in the United States beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT and distributed live on pay-per-view in Canada on Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw TV, Viewer’s Choice and Sasktel in French and English beginning at 7 p.m. ET.  Dawson vs. Diaconu is presented in association with Gary Shaw Productions and InterBox.
Tickets,  priced at C$500, C$350, C$250, C$175, C$110, C$75, C$50 and C$35, are on-sale and may be purchased at  the Bell Centre box office or by calling (514) 790-2525 or (877) 668-8269.  Tickets will also be available online at www.evenko.ca.  A  limited number of VIP tables priced at C$4,000, C$3,000 and C$2,500  will also be available for purchase by calling the Bell Centre box  office or GYM at (514) 383-0666.

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