Earlier today, Showtime announced the undercard lineup for Saturday's doubleheader at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. At the helm sits a ten-round light heavyweight clash between former champion Chad Dawson and Cornelius White.
The main card sees WBC titlist Gary Russell Jr. face mandatory challenger Patrick Hyland at featherweight and IBF champ Jose Pedraza take on Stephen Smith four pounds north. Other undercard fighters include Ryan Kielczewski, Antonio Russell (brother of Gary), and Carlos Gongora.
Dawson (33-4, 18 KO) returned to action last December after fourteen months away with a decision over 12-8 Shujaa El Amin, who entered the fight on a five-fight losing streak. "Bad" Chad had lost three of his previous four fights, most embarrassingly a split decision to Tommy Karpency in October of 2014.
White (23-4, 17 KO), whom you might remember from his wild one-round slugfest with Thomas Williams Jr., has won two straight over one garbage and one decent opponent since consecutive losses to Sergey Kovalev, Williams, and Marcus Browne. He was the second guy to demonstrate that Yordanis Despaigne was not a very good professional and also owns a win over Adonis Stevenson challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky.
Who's hype for "Bad" Chad's return? I know I'm hype. You're all hype, right?