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Report: Dawson-Johnson II almost done

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A rematch between Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson is close to done, according to the latest reports. (via <a href="http://www.eastsideboxing.com/fotos/IMG_1538%20Dawson%20vs%20Johnson%20.jpg">www.eastsideboxing.com</a>)
A rematch between Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson is close to done, according to the latest reports. (via www.eastsideboxing.com)

Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com has learned that the highly-anticipated rematch between light heavyweight titlist Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson is close to done. The two sides are waiting on a concrete date from HBO. The bout is expected to take place in the fall.

It's great to hear because frankly the ol' chicken-ometer was running pretty high when Dawson and promoter Gary Shaw loudly declared no interest in a rematch with Johnson, which is the best and biggest fight Dawson has any realistic hope of making after selling just over 2,000 tickets combined in Las Vegas for two fights with Antonio Tarver in October and May. The talks have moved quickly since Shaw and Dawson apparently realized there was really no other avenue for a fight on HBO. Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe weren't exactly banging the door down.

In other Dawson-related news, Tavoris Cloud's management may seek to get Dawson stripped of his IBF light heavyweight title should he go forward with the Johnson fight. Cloud (19-0, 18 KO) has been waiting for a shot at the belt since beating Julio Gonzalez almost a year ago. He also hasn't fought at all, instead choosing to simply sit on his ranking and wait. As much as I think he's right to use the rules to his advantage, it's not like he's done anything to make that fight more attractive for the networks to buy. No one has any idea who he is.