Daniel Dawson on weight, in form to shock Glen Tapia

DANIEL Dawson and his team are approaching tonight’s WBO NABO light middleweight title fight with Glen Tapia as a “do-or-die” challenge.

Speaking from their luxurious base at the Venetian Resort in Macau, Dawson’s manager Mike Altamura is confident his charge can cause a mild upset over the Freddie Roach trained Tapia at the Cotai Arena.

“Tapia is a strong, young fighter, and I consider him a very good prospect. He’s a solid puncher with snappy combinations,” said Altamura in an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing.

“Daniel has learned to back himself because he can mix it with the best at world level. His confidence has immensely soared since the Trout fight,”

The stock of Dawson, 37, has risen immensely since he floored former WBA light middleweight champion Austin Trout twice en route to a competitive decision loss last August at the Pechanga Resort & Casino.

That performance has lead his team to believe he is more than capable of rising to the occasion once again.

“Tapia is a massive challenge,” added Altamura. “But it’s a do-or-die fight for Daniel. He’s definitely motivated for the bout and ready to make a statement,”

History has shown that Dawson steps up when the pressure is on, often putting together career best performances when his back is against the wall. Dawson has shown this in previous wins in high pressure fights against Virgil Kalakoda and Anton Solopov.

With his career at world level on the line, Altamura insists that Dawson’s experience in all forms of combat sports will help spur his fighter towards an unlikely victory.

“He was a world champion in Muay Thai, so he has loads of experience at the elite level,” said Altamura in closing. “Dan is also a guy that finds motivation in beating the odds, so the underdog tag is something that inspires him too.”

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