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Fonfara Stops Dawson in Round 10

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, Andrzej Fonfara scored a tenth-round TKO victory against former Light Heavyweight champion Chad Dawson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The scheduled 10-round fight was on the undercard of the 12-round unification fight between WBC Welterweight champion Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman.

Dawson, 34, is a former world title-holder from New Haven, Connecticut who has been trying to regain momentum in his career after knockout losses to Andre Ward and Adonis Stevenson in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Fonfara is 29-year-old Polish resident of Chicago, Illinois who is bouncing back from his stoppage loss to Joe Smith Jr. in June of 2016.

“I heard the scores were not in my favor. Right now I can’t say whether or not I agree with them. I thought I was winning the fight, but I’d have to go back and watch closer,” said Fonfara, regarding the tough fight between him and Dawson.

“I hit him with a left hook to the side of the head. Once I hit him with that, I knew that I had him hurt,” said Fonfara, regarding the final set of punches that hurt and stopped Dawson.

“I hope that this will put me in a position to either fight Adonis Stevenson or Joe Smith again. I think that both of those fights would be really good rematches for me.

Dawson, of course, was upset with the stoppage, and he felt he could have continued.

“I knew I was winning the fight. I didn’t agree with the stoppage,” said Dawson.

“The knockdown was a push also but he caught me on my way down. I have nothing to hang my head about.”

“I think I’m leaning towards retirement. I’ve had a good career. I have nothing to be ashamed of,” said Dawson.

 

Header photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

 

Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.

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