Chat with Chad Dawson
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, we'll have light heavyweight boxer Chad Dawson stopping by to chat about his title fight on Saturday.
Dawson (28-0) squares off with Glen Johnson (49-12-2) in a rematch of their bout in April 2008, a fight Dawson won via unanimous decision. The two faceoff at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. at 9:30 p.m. ET on HBO.
Dawson, who lives and trains in New Haven, Conn., has won his last three fights via decision, including two over Antonio Tarver. Dawson last entered the ring in May, for a rematch with Tarver.
Send your questions now and join Dawson Thursday at 1:45 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:46 PM)
Chad will be here shortly!
Buzzmaster (1:58 PM)
We have Chad!
Hey good lukk sat.. The week of the fight do you still train til thursday or do you take thursday and friday off to rest before the big nite?
Chad Dawson (1:59 PM)
I'm good on weight so I'll do a little run tonight and I'll be ready for weigh in tomorrow.
Tom E (Jersey City, NJ)
Is Glen Johnson the best fighter you've faced in your career?
Chad Dawson (2:00 PM)
Skill wise, I don't think so but he's a tough and aggressive fighter. But I think their are other fighters that are better skill wise.
What are the chances you end up in the SMW super 6 Tournament?
Chad Dawson (2:01 PM)
Right now, I don't know. We'll see what happens in this fight. If everything goes well then we'll starting thinking about the Super 6 but right now I'm focused on Saturday.
Chad, what is the key to defeating Johnson a 2nd time?
Chad Dawson (2:02 PM)
The key is me being myself. I need to go out there and be myself and use my boxing skills.
Chris (Columbus, OH)
How do you prepare for the constant pressure attack that Glen Johnson brings to his opponents?
Chad Dawson (2:03 PM)
I'm just going to use my God given talent. I've been through it already so it should be easier the second time around.
Ron (Bethel, Ct)
Chad, how does it feel to be coming home and fighting in front of your family and friends?
Chad Dawson (2:04 PM)
It feels great. This is what I've been waiting for. It's a big fight and I'm looking forward to giving my fans a show. I'm very excited about Saturday night.
Joe (Baltimore, MD)
Why was the fight with Calzaghe never made?
Chad Dawson (2:05 PM)
My camp pushed for that fight but unfortunately he retired before we could get it done.
Don (Atascadero, Ca)
Chad.... Is there a boxer that you pattern your style after? Who is your favorite boxer all time?
Chad Dawson (2:06 PM)
My favorite boxer of all-time is Marvin Hagler. As far as who I pattern myself after, I try to be myself. I take little things here and there for other boxers but over all I just try to fight the best way that fits me.
Chad are disappionted that Benard Hopkins is still avioding you?
Chad Dawson (2:08 PM)
I wouldn't say I'm disappointed. It kind of feels good that a great fighter in Bernard Hopkins doesn't want to fight me. He has two fights coming up and I wish him the best of luck and hopefully one day we'll get the chance to meet in the ring.
Tom (Kingston, Ontario)
Hey Chad who is going to win Manny or Miguel ???
Chad Dawson (2:09 PM)
I've been watching 24/7 and it looks to me that Miguel really wants this fight so I'm going with Cotto.
R.C. (Longview, Texas)
What's up Chad, who would you want to be your next opponent if you are to get past Johnson?
Chad Dawson (2:10 PM)
I don't know. I have a lot of things on the table. In the light heavyweight division I would love to fight Hopkins but he has two fights coming up. We'll see what happens in the coming months.
Do you think you will fight more in Ct after saturday?
Chad Dawson (2:11 PM)
I would love to. It all depends on the fan. Personally I would love to have every fight in CT.
who do you consider to be the best p4p fighter right now ?
Chad Dawson (2:12 PM)
Right now, I have to give it to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Is Tarver the biggest trash talker you have ever faced? If not, who is?
Chad Dawson (2:12 PM)
(Laughing) By far!
VIPEEDI (NEW YORK)
What advice do you have for a young boxer thinking on going pro with little or no amature background ?
Chad Dawson (2:14 PM)
Just work hard. Take your time and take it slow. Continue to do your best and to be your best.
Buzzmaster (2:15 PM)
Sorry guys, Chad had to run as he was being introduced at his press conference.