Two of the top Light Heavyweight fighters will square off at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec on August 14 as Chad Dawson (29-0 with 17 KO’s) will try to regain the WBC Light Heavyweight title, and unify the IBO and WBC interim titles, against the reigning WBC champion Jean Pascal (25-1 with 16 KO’s).
The fight will take place in the backyard of the WBC champion, but he will not be the odds-on favorite Saturday night. Dawson has become the widely-considered top fighter in the Light Heavyweight division by beating Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver twice each, but for some reason he has not become a big draw at the box office.
Dawson will come into the fight as a heavy favorite at -390, and is expected by most to out-class Pascal from the opening bell. But there are some factors with Dawson that could make the -390 price seem a bit steep. Not getting a big a fight with the likes of Bernard Hopkins or Joe Calzaghe has many experts wondering if Dawson’s heart will be in this fight, or if he will look beyond the first contender he’s faced in years that’s not in the twilight of his career.
If Dawson can get past Pascal he should finally get the recognition and big-name fights he’s been searching for, which should be motivation enough for him on Saturday. Pascal has been on a good string of wins since moving up to Light Heavyweight in June 2009.
He has defended his WBC Light Heavyweight strap twice and will have the home-field advantage Saturday night. As a +290 underdog against Dawson, Pascal will have a puncher’s chance at least. His success will depend on how much he can close the gap between himself and Dawson.
If Pascal is unable to keep pressure on, he will get picked apart by Dawson’s talented hands and will likely lose a one-sided decision, or will be stopped in the later rounds of the fight.