Chad Dawson's training is just getting into gear a month away from his fight with Bernard Hopkins. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Emanuel Steward is out, and "Iceman" John Scully is back in for light heavyweight contender Chad Dawson. Scully, who is one of the many trainers Dawson has gone through over the years, will train Dawson for his upcoming October 15 fight against 46-year-old light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins.
And Scully will bring along Winky Wright to assist him. Wright, of course, is a former opponent of Hopkins.
Dawson is happy with the situation, or at least says he is:
"Everything is going great. I couldn't ask for anything better. I'm in a great position right now. Not only to fight with Bernard, but to work with John Scully, who is very underrated as a trainer, and Winky, who I think beat Hopkins when they fought and is still a great fighter to this day."
Dawson's take on Hopkins vs Wright is a little interesting (to put it one way), but it's good that he's finally getting in camp with the Hopkins bout a month away. What's not good is that Dawson is having an abbreviated camp in the first place, and he's giving himself less of a chance to win. Scully is a really good trainer, and Dawson is absolutely correct that he's one of the most underrated in the game today, but we're still talking about a short camp to fight one of the craftiest, smartest guys in the game.
As for Wright, he says he's not going into training full-time, and says he's still considering himself an active fighter even though he hasn't fought in over two years and has fought just once in the last four years.