Inevitably, whenever a boxer suffers a surprising and decisive defeat, questions are raised about his ability, past and present. When the loss is a knockout defeat, those questions are doubled. So it goes now with Chad Dawson, who must weather a battery of speculation over whether he was really "Bad Chad", the Top 10 Pound for Pound light heavyweight kingpin after all.
Dawson evaded this issue when he was stopped by Andre Ward, as everyone looks upon Ward as the second coming of Roy Jones, and Dawson was likely drained from having to shave several pounds off his frame to make the super middleweight limit. Not this time: getting clocked in a one-punch knockout by Adonis Stevenson puts Dawson under the spotlight. Just as inevitable as the doubt, however, are questions as to whether or not the doubt is fair.
Bad Chad's Mixed Record
Credit: Ed Mulholland - HBO
I'm splitting the difference here by saying there was nothing false or inflated about Chad Dawson's stat...