Daniel Dawson remains upbeat despite Glen Tapia loss

AUSSIE road warrior Daniel Dawson recently caught up with Aus-Boxing after his loss to fast rising American, Glen Tapia in Macau, China to discuss the disappointment of his defeat and where he sees his career going moving forward.

In our interview, Dawson explained that he felt exceptionally good upon entering the ring and says he just got caught by a shot that wobbled him.

“Yeah look it’s just one of those things in the sport unfortunately,” said Dawson in an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing. “I just felt so good during the first two rounds and was starting to find my range and rhythm,”

“My preparation was perfect. I’d done all the hard yards in the gym and to not come away with the win is just terribly disappointing for myself and my team,”

Dawson was caught in the third round of the fight after being caught by a heavy shot from the very strong Tapia, which resulted in him being staggered back into the ropes hurt.

Tapia then pressed forward and like most class fighters closed the show with heavy shots until referee Mark Nelson stood in and called a halt to the bout 1:42 of the third round.

High hopes had been held for Dawson’s bout with Tapia, after the likeable Australian took former champion and former pound for pound ranked star, Austin Trout the distance back in August of last year, dropping Trout twice in the third stanza before sustaining a serious calf injury during the fight which hampered him in the later rounds.

When being quizzed on what is next for him, Dawson says he has spoken to trainer, Bobby Mayne and both have agreed to press on with his career, saying both parties believed there was still more left in the tank.

“Both Bobby and myself spoke about this not long after the fight,” Dawson explained. “We are both of the opinion that there I still have more left in the tank.”

“The fire is most definitely still there and I am still just as hungry as I was before the fight. I’ll have a bit of a rest up and see what’s next.”

Although losing his last two fights against quality opposition, Dawson has acquitted himself honourably on the big stage. His stock, despite his two losses, is still relatively high.

It will be interesting to see what is next for the West Aussie.

Words: Dan Smart (Follow Dan on Twitter @dansmart76)



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