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Five keys for Daniel Dawson

8/21/2014 - Boxing

At 36, former world title challenger Daniel Dawson will look to find his way back to the top of the junior welterweight division Friday.

Dawson (40-3-1, 26 KOs), a native of Perth, Australia, takes on former titlist Austin Trout (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET) at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, in the main event of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights."

After suffering a 10th-round TKO loss against then-titlist Sergiy Dzinziruk in 2009, and losing again in his next bout, Dawson has run off a record of 6-0-1 in his last seven bouts entering Friday.

Should "The Rock" look to score the biggest victory of his career against Trout (26-2, 14 KOs), he should consider these keys to victory:

Forward march

Test him early

Put some money in the bank

Cut off the ring

Be the spoiler