HARTFORD, Conn., (Oct. 29, 2009) – CHAD DAWSON and GLEN JOHNSON, who will battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) interim light heavyweight world title on Nov. 7 in Hartford, Conn., took part in an international teleconference call with members of the media on Thursday. If you missed the call and would like to hear it, please click the following link and allow a few minutes for it to load:
Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs), from New Haven, Conn., serving his second term as light heavyweight champion, successfully defended the IBF and IBO titles on May 9 in a rematch against former world champion Antonio Tarver, whom he dethroned last October. Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs), from Miami, FL by way of Clarendon, Jamaica, is the former world light heavyweight champion.
In an exciting co-feature, ALFREDO ANGULO (16-1, 13 KOs), of Mexicali, Mexico, world-rated No. 4 by the WBO and No. 5 by the WBC and WBA, takes on the tough, unbeaten HARRY JOE YORGEY (22-0-1, 10 KOs, of Bridgeport, Pa.), world rated No. 4 WBC, No. 5 WBO, in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title. The spectacular co-feature will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT, from the XL Center and will precede the Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson rematch.
The following are highlights from the call.
“Why fight Johnson again? Why not do it again. I can’t get the fight with Bernard Hopkins so he’s the next worthy opponent. The first fight was a great fight and I look forward to the second fight being just as great.
“I want to do a lot of things differently this fight. The first time I got caught up in a lot of slugging and I’m not looking to do that this time. I’m not the type of fighter who goes in there looking for the knockout. I want to go in there and just showcase my talent in front of my hometown. I want to make it an exciting fight and definitely win convincingly.
“I know I won the last fight. I’m done talking about the last fight. I’m just ready to go into this one and win this one more convincingly than the last one. I want to put on a good show. I will fight anybody. Whoever they put in front of me I will fight.
“There’s no pressure on me. People are asking me all the time when am I going to fight next in Connecticut. I just want to put on a good show.”
“I did the more convincing job to win the last fight. Chad Dawson moves a lot and just tried to throw punches at my defense. He threw too many ineffective punches and so based on that I believe I won the fight clearly. If the rules have changed then someone needs to tell me so I know how to fight for the judges.
“I’m not going to do much of anything different. It’s the way I fight and I’ve had some success so far with it. I’m just going to go in there and take care of business.
“I don’t have to debate my reputation. My reputation speaks for itself. I have most of my fights on video and if you want to sit in a room and show me where I was being dirty then you can.
GARY SHAW (Dawson’s Promoter)
“Glen believes that he won the first fight. I don’t. Chad does not. Mike Criscio does not. We fought in Glen’s home territory the first time and now we move to Connecticut. Either way I think Chad will put on a convincing performance and no longer will anyone wonder if Chad Dawson is the No. 1 fighter in the world at 175 pounds which I believe he is.
“I’m tired of hearing Glen talk about the judges and the wrongs in boxing. Every article I read about Glen he talks about the wrongs in boxing like he’s the savior of boxing. Chad Dawson won the fight in front of the eyes of all the officials. And I want to remind everyone that the fight was in Florida and fought in front of the Florida Commission judges.
“The judges were not crooked. I’ve seen plenty of robberies and this was not one of them.
“My beef with Glen is that he keeps calling the last fight a robbery. When you lose on all the judges’ cards by three or four rounds in your home state you cannot call it a robbery. So my beef is instead of diminishing Chad Dawson by saying it’s a robbery, just say, ‘I fought a very good fighter on that night. I believe I won and I don’t believe the judges saw it the way I saw it.’ Just say you’d like another shot at him and that’s exactly what he’s getting because that’s the fight that HBO is willing to pay for.”
Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $70, $50, and $35, (plus any applicable fees and surcharges), can be purchased at the XL Center box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.xlcenter.com.