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Daniel Dawson Determined to Decimate Geale

By Harry Summers Jr.: Hard-hitting middleweight Daniel "The Rock" Dawson (29-0, 20 KOs) is confident of becoming the first West Australian world champion when he challenges fellow undefeated Australian Daniel Geale (17-0, 12 KOs) for the IBO middleweight title on Friday. He considers this contest the opportunity of a lifetime, his toughest challenge since turning professional five years ago following a stellar kickboxing career, and has prepared accordingly..

The fresh-faced 30-year-old is tapering off the longest fight preparation of his career. A preparation in which his trainer/manager Craig Christian has spared no expenses, importing a former "The Contender" series finalist to sharpen his charge. And Dawson has thoroughly impressed his trainer by outboxing and outmuscling his chief sparring partner in some high-octane gym sessions.

Dawson enters the fight on the heels of an unexpected one-round annihilation of former world junior amateur champion Anton Solopov (a Miguel Cotto conqueror in the amateur ranks). Although his team doesn't anticipate an early blowout of Geale, they expect yet another career-defining performance. "The only thing that can possibly hold back Daniel Dawson from winning this fight is Daniel Dawson," says Christian. "It's up to him." But Christian is certain The Rock won't take his opponent lightly and warns, "Dan's right hand is like a meat cleaver. If he hits this guy, he won't be getting up."

Article posted on 11.12.2007



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