The following is my account of each of the 11 rounds as they happened live.
Check after the round-by-round account to see my thoughts on Dawson’s reaction to what happened during the fight and what I think should occur that would be fantastic for boxing (if it could ever really happen is doubtful).
Chad Dawson-Jean Pascal
175lbs for the WBC, IBO, and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Championship
Incredible to hear about Pascal having his shoulder dislocate THREE TIMES in his second fight against Adrian Diaconu. Simply incredible.
Rd 1, good body work from Dawson early, Pascal very aggressive with about a minute left, and again with a right uppercut with under 20 seconds left
Rd 2, Pascal very active, not a lot of lands, but some shots are definitely getting through, Dawson has Pascal on ropes, throws a bunch, lands very little, Pascal is dominating this round from start to finish, round won easily by Pascal
Rd 3, slow first half of round, then flurry of very good body shots by Pascal, some big shots from Pascal, nice work, Dawson has small flurry, but answered immediately by Pascal
Rd 4, good work from both fighters in first half of round with one big shot from Dawson, Dawson using ring well and the distance between the them is perfect for him, Pascal flurries at the end, lands some big shots, not enough to win the round though
Rd 5, good back and forth, but Pascal landing the better shots, very solid round from Pascal
Rd 6, Dawson using the ring well, jabbing, Pascal good flurry, Dawson answers with solid hook as Pascal comes in, Dawson good 1-2, Pascal answers well with hard straight right
Rd 7, Pascal with HUGE punch, Dawson stumbling, knee buckled against the ropes, Dawson throwing back hard now, warned for low blow, then rounds slow considerably, Pascal seems slightly fatigued
Rd 8, Pascal’s hands are hanging much lower than they should be, but Dawson isn’t engaging, strange, HUGE punch from Pascal, Dawson stumbling, is definitely hurt, Pascal against the ropes and is working Dawson’s body
Rd 9, Pascal’s right hand is fantastic, HUGE right from Pascal, Dawson FINALLY throws some meaningful punches back, Dawson SHOULD be pushing the action with Pascal looking exhausted at times, but he does light jabbing, maybe a left, not gonna cut it, Dawson hurts Pascal, Pascal against the ropes, Dawson lets him off easy
Note: If Dawson would just press the action he would certainly knock out Pascal, because Pascal is completely exhausted and fighting off what little adrenaline he has left
Rd 10, though Pascal is tired he is still landing good punches, Pascal hammering Dawson up against the ropes, Dawson turns it and retaliates and lands good punches on Pascal against the ropes
Rd 11, Dawson comes out with hard shots pushing Pascal up against the ropes, Dawson working Pascal hard, Pascal is hurt & tired, may go soon, Inexplicably Dawson lets Pascal bounce around the round and rest and recoup, odd, Dawson with a FANTASTIC counter, Pascal stopped dead in his tracks, surprised he didn’t go down, now a HUGE cut over Dawson’s right eye, gushing blood, accidental butt, DOCTOR STOPS THE FIGHT BECAUSE OF THE CUT!
Going to the scorecards, my card reads 107-102 for Jean Pascal.
Judges cards read, 108-101, 106-103, 106-103 for the winner and new Ring Magazine, WBC & IBO Light Heavyweight Champion, Jean Pascal in an absolutely stunning upset!
Dawson a poor sport in his interview with Larry Merchant. Says, “He held and hit me all night, head butting me all night”…WEAK!
One thing I absolutely hate with a passion is when a fighter loses, and loses fair and square, but wants to complain about having something hurt, or the other fighter fouled him or cheated. It’s weak and it’s, honestly, a bitch move.
You lost. It happens, no one is perfect. Take it like a man and go on your way. Don’t make excuses, don’t make back-handed compliments, admit what happened and move on.
All that being said, it was a very, very entertaining fight. Pascal did what most people didn’t think he could do and that’s beat the uber-favorite Chad Dawson.
Dawson just couldn’t or seemingly wouldn’t attack. He was content to just pick a spot, throw a flurry of punches and then just let Jean Pascal back away and bounce around the ring and compose himself. It’s just inexplicable to me that Dawson allowed that to happen.
If Dawson had just amped up his aggression even 25% he would have knocked Pascal out before the 8th round, guaranteed.
I doubt it will happen, but imagine this; Tavoris Cloud vs. Chad Dawson & Lucian Bute vs. Jean Pascal with the winner of each fight facing off against eachother to be the Ring Magazine 175lbs Champion.
But, alas, this is boxing and good things like that just don’t happen.
It’s sad really.