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.