Dawson dominates Diaconu in decision

BY foxsports • May 21, 2011

Chad Dawson showed masterful defense and crisp punching as he scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu in a light heavyweight elimination bout Saturday at the Bell Centre.

The bout was the co-feature to Jean Pascal's defense of his WBC light heavyweight title against Bernard Hopkins, a rematch of their Dec. 18 draw in Quebec City.

Dawson (30-1) earned a shot at the Pascal-Hopkins winner.

In his first fight under new trainer Emanuel Steward, it was a much sharper Dawson than the one who fought passively for most of an 11-round loss to Pascal a year ago.

The southpaw used his considerable reach advantage over the stocky Diaconu (27-3), forcing him to lunge forward, missing repeatedly with his punches.

Judge Claude Paquette scored it 117-111. Benoit Roussel had it 118-110 and Jack Woodburn 116-112.

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