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Guerrero vs Kamegai: Chad Dawson returns on SHO Extreme undercard

"Bad" Chad Dawson will finally step back into the ring on June 21, as he takes a tune-up bout to be televised on Showtime Extreme.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson has been out of the ring since a June 2013 loss to Adonis Stevenson, where he was blown out in 76 seconds in Montreal, and has been pretty quiet since then. Now, the 31-year-old American is set to return on June 21, when he faces George Blades in a tune-up fight in California.

The fight will be part of Golden Boy's Guerrero-Kamegai card at the StubHub Center, and will air on the Showtime Extreme portion of the night's broadcast.

Dawson (31-3, 17 KO) signed with Al Haymon after the loss to Stevenson, and has lost two in a row going back to his one-sided manhandling against Andre Ward in September 2012. He also fired trainer John Scully after that fight, making a trainer switch for an astounding 10th time in his pro career.

He'll look to get back on track in the division now, starting with veteran Blades (23-5, 16 KO), a small, 39-year-old who fights out of Indianapolis. Blades is a former world title challenger, as he was one of the club fighters that Zsolt Erdei granted a shot at his WBO 175-pound belt back in 2007. He's fought just four times since then, going 2-2, and lost his last fight in September 2013 to Jean Pascal.

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