Chad Dawson is in a bit of a tough spot right now, but he's got a June 8 HBO main event from Montreal against Adonis Stevenson, and if he retains his WBC light heavyweight title, he's hunting a bigger money fight after that.
Dawson (31-2, 17 KO) is coming off of a bad loss to Andre Ward at 168 pounds last September, but says he's refocused working again with trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, and that if or when he gets past Stevenson, he's hoping to face the Lucian Bute-Jean Pascal winner.
"I get to go back out and show everybody that I didn't lose a step and I am going to show that Chad Dawson is the best light heavyweight in the world. Me moving down to 168 pounds threw me off my game but I am ready for whatever. ... I am going to look good on June 8th. I am going to be myself. I am going to be flashy and my hand speed will be back. Those are the things that I am working on. Whatever happens with Pascal-Bute, I would love to get the winner of that."
The winners of those two fights squaring off seems natural, as Dawson and promoter Gary Shaw have seemingly accepted that Chad just is not going to draw on neutral ground, and that the best place of business for him right now is Montreal. That gives Stevenson the home court on June 8, and would do the same for the Bute-Pascal winner facing Dawson, but it's the right thing to do in terms of money and actually having an audience for the fight.
Dawson also seems to have no problem fighting there, as the bout with Stevenson will be his third trip to Montreal. He lost to Pascal there in 2010, and beat Adrian Diaconu in 2011.