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PASCAL TOO TOUGH FOR "BAD" CHAD; DEFEATS DAWSON VIA TECHNICAL DECISION

By Ben Thompson  | http://www.fighthype.com


He may have had the better technical skills, but he wasn't the tougher fighter as "Bad" Chad Dawson simply wasn't good enough to handle the attack of WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. Using the size of the ring to his advantage, Pascal avoided any serious damage from the outside by simply keeping his distance before leaping in and out with quick combinations, outhustling and outworking Dawson. Pascal began to fade towards the end, allowing the challenger to land some serious shots that appeared to rock the champion at times, but Dawson simply couldn't pull the trigger enough to capitalize, letting Pascal off the hook time and time again. When Dawson finally did appear to get the upper hand in the 11th round, a clash of heads would open up a cut over his right eye, forcing the doctor to call a halt to the fight. At the end of day, it was Pascal whose hand was raised in front of his hometown crowd in Quebec, Canada. Relive all the action in FightHype's in-depth, minute-by-minute round-by-round results. Check it out!

ROUND 1Dawson comes out fast, backing up Pascal with his jab. Left hand down the middle and a right to the body lands for Dawson. Pascal answers with a strong left hook. Pascal looks cautious in there. Quick left hook lands for Pascal. Right to the body lands for Pascal. Dawson answers with a left to the body of his own. HARD right hands lands for Pascal. Some roughhousing on the inside as Pascal gets a warning for an elbow. Nice right hand lands for Dawson. Another quick right hand lands for Dawson. Tit for tat so far. Uppercut lands for Pascal. Right to the body lands for Pascal. Round to Pascal.

Pascal 10 Dawson 9

ROUND 2
Right to the body lands for Pascal. Dawson lands a left to the body. Pascal circles on the retreat. Short right hand lands for Pascal. Right to the body lands for Pascal. Left hand down the middle blasts through the guard for Dawson. Left hand and a right lands for Dawson against the ropes as Pascal just covers up. They trade jabs. Both men throwing their jabs with sort of a backhand. Left hook lands for Pascal. Dawson lunging in with his jab now. Pascal lands a left. HARD right to the body lands for Pascal. Dawson didn't like it. Round to Pascal. Dawson looking confused by Pascal's movement.

Pascal 20 Dawson 18

ROUND 3
Looping left hook lands on the shoulder of Dawson. Left down the middle and a right to the body lands for Dawson. Pascal holds on. Jab lands for Dawson. Double jab lands for Dawson. HARD 4-punch combo to the body lands for Pascal. Nice right hand lands for Pascal. Dawson getting outworked in there. HARD right hook upstairs lands for Pascal. They trade jabs. Nice 3-punch combo lands for Dawson. Pascal lands a right to the body. Round to Pascal.

Pascal 30 Dawson 27

ROUND 4
Jab and a right to the body lands for Pascal. Dawson lands a hard right hook upstairs. Pascal slips a few punches as he retreats. A couple of jabs land for Dawson. Pascal misses with a sloppy right. Right to the body lands for Pascal. Dawson looks as though he just waiting to land a knockout shot. A couple more jabs land for Dawson, but not much on them. 1-2 lands for Pascal. Right hook lands for Dawson. HARD right hand down the middle lands for Pascal that snaps the head back of Dawson. Pascal jumps on him and flurries at the end of the round. Round to Pascal.

Pascal 40 Dawson 36

ROUND 5
Dawson lands a jab. Pascal continues to circle around the ring with ease. Dawson just firing one punch at a time. Right hand lands for Pascal. Dawson lands a left. Left down the middle lands for Dawson. Quick 1-2 lands for Pascal. Two nice body shots land for Dawson. Right to the body lands for Pascal. Dawson blast a left upstairs through the guard. Pascal lands a left hook. Right to the body lands for Pascal. Again. Round to Pascal.

Pascal 50 Dawson 45

ROUND 6
Right hand lands upstairs for Pascal. Dawson lands a jab, but not much on it. Right to the body lands for Pascal. Dawson lands a nice one of his own. Jab lands for Dawson. Pascal charges forward and grazes Dawson with a right and a left. HARD check hook lands for Dawson and Pascal stumbles across the ring. Double jab lands for Dawson. Dawson looks like he's found an opening. Jab and a hard left hand down the middle lands for Dawson. Left hook lands for Pascal. Round to Dawson.
Pascal 59 Dawson 55

ROUND 7

Dawson sticks the jab in Pascal's face. Dawson walking him down. HARD right hand lands down the middle for Pascal and Dawson looks momentarily wobbled. Pascal charges forward, but he misses. HARD right and a left hook lands for Pascal. Dawson shakes his head and walks him down. Quick 4-punch combo lands for Dawson. Now Pascal covers up. He looks tired. Left hook to the body lands for Dawson. Pascal on the retreat. Dawson stalking, but not throwing anything. Jab to the body lands for Dawson. Nice three-punch combo lands for Dawson to end the round. Close round, but I give it to Pascal.

Pascal 69 Dawson 64

ROUND 8

Jab lands for Pascal. Another. Dawson lands a backhand and a right to the body. Pascal lands a left hook and circles away. Quick right hook upstairs lands for Dawson. Nice 4-punch combo to the body lands for Dawson, but Pascal BLASTS him with a a left down the middle. Dawson holds on for dear life. He's hurt. Pascal digs to the body on the inside. Right hand lands for Pascal again. Round to Pascal.

Pascal 79 Dawson 73

ROUND 9

Pascal jumps on Dawson and lands a series of hard shots to the body and a right upstairs. Dawson covers up against the ropes. Pascal continues to fire shots. Dawson lands a right hook in return. Pascal retreats and Dawson walks him down. Jab lands for Dawson. Hard combination lands for Dawson and Pascal just covers up. Another nice combo lands for Dawson. Pascal shakes it off. Right hand lands for Dawson. They trade shots. Another close round, but I give it to Dawson.

Pascal 88 Dawson 83

ROUND 10

Both men trade jabs. Left down the middle lands for Dawson. Quick right hand lands for Pascal. 4-punch combo to the body lands for Pascal. Dawson not doing much of anything right now. Jab lands for Pascal. Straight left down the middle lands for Dawson. Right to the body lands for Pascal. Right hand down th middle and a left to the body lands for Pascal. Dawson lands two lefts right down the middle. Round to Pascal.

Pascal 98 Dawson 92

ROUND 11

Dawson comes out firing and lands a nice combo in the corner. Pascal just covers up along the ropes. Dawson still firing and blasts him with some shots down the middle. Pascal continues to just cover up. He looks tired. Dawson letting him off the hook though as Pascal retreats and gets some rest. WOOOOOO...HARD uppercut lands for Dawson that freezes Pascal in his tracks. Dawson lets him off the hook again though by not jumping on him. Right hand lands for Pascal. They clash heads and Dawson has a nasty cut that's bleeding pretty bad. Pascal will get some much needed rest now. That's it. It's over. The doctor stops the fight. They'll go to the scorecards and the judges will score that last round. I give it to Dawson.

Pascal 107 Dawson 102

Official judges scorecards: 108-101, 106-103, 106-103

THE WINNER BY UNANIMOUS TECHNICAL DECISION...AND STILL WBC LIGHT HEAYVWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD....JEAN PASCAL

COMPUBOX NUMBERS

Pascal total punches: 114/430
Dawson total punches: 134/432

Pascal power punches: 90/252
Dawson power punches: 77/218

POST FIGHT
"That was a step up for me...Chad Dawson is still one of the best fighters in the world...I knew I was faster, clever, better footwork...I knew with my speed and being smart in the ring, I could beat Chad Dawson," stated Pascal. "If Lucian Bute wanna fight me, he has to challenge me...I want the best in the world. Hopkins, Calzaghe, everybody...Jean Pascal is about to invade America," he continued. "I got a rematch clause, so we definitely going to do it again," Dawson would comment, believing that he had an opportunity to stop Pascal prior to the headbutt happening. "He was headbutting me all night...I'm not making any excuses...I didn't complain to the ref not one time," he added. "I was on the way to stopping him, as you could see, and he knew that." It should be noted that HBO's Larry Merchant revealed that Pascal is allowed to take another fight prior to the rematch happening. Although most would assume his next fight will be against current WBA champion and fellow Canadian Lucian Bute, don't be surprised to see light heavyweight king Bernard Hopkins licking his chops for an opportunity to travel across the border to face Pascal.


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