Daniel Dawson signs for Glen Tapia, March 7th in Macau

DANIEL Dawson will have his second consecutive fight abroad, signing to face talented US prospect Glen Tapia.

Having gone agonisingly close to scoring a major upset over Austin Trout last August, Dawson (40-4-1, 26 KOs) is looking to make amends against the Freddie Roach trained Tapia (22-1, 14 KOs).

While the complete card is yet to be released, Dawson’s title challenge will be on the undercard of the IBF flyweight world title fight between undefeated pair Zou Shiming and Amnat Ruenroeng from the Cotai Arena in the boxing hotbed of Macau.

If successful, Dawson will not only take the WBO NABO light middleweight title, but a top fifteen world rating by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO).

“I believe in my team as their belief and mindset from working together has enabled me this exciting opportunity,” said Dawson in an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing.

In Tapia, 25, Dawson is facing a fighter that is in the process of rebuilding, having being savagely dismantled by James Kirkland in a six-round slugfest only two fights ago. Since then, Tapia has only fought modest opposition, making the Perth resident his biggest opponent to date with the exception of Kirkland.

“Glen Tapia is a great prospect and he’s had an impressive career so far. He is rangy, a great combination puncher with good height and power. We have a very specific game plan in mind that will utilize my strengths,”

Despite dropping a decision to Austin Trout, a fight that Dawson could’ve won had an untimely calf injury not have taken place, Dawson is confident in both his preparation and conditioning ahead of his Macau date.

“In the fight against Trout – I came very close – I spent two months after that fight in rehab to repair the grade three huge calf tear,” Dawson explained. “I then spent November through to December training two to three times per day, doing strength and mobility work to bring pure strength and conditioning to my body.”

“This camp I have started physically stronger than any stage of my career. For the fight against Alex Bunema, I was starting with a layoff from wrist surgery and for Trout, I started camp with a long layoff from a shoulder reconstruction.”

“All that has changed and for this camp I’ve started in great condition. I’m ready to perform and it’s been over three years since I’ve stepped in the ring with the confidence I have in myself right now.”

When quizzed on his thoughts about Tapia’s performance in his lone loss to James Kirkland, Dawson was typically respectful in his praise of both fighters.

“The Kirkland fight was an exciting fight to watch, we saw two aggressive fighters going at it,” Dawson added.

“The fight shows me that he has impressive physical ability but he is still lacking experience and ring generalship at the top level.”

For most fighters afforded the luxury of fighting at the Cotai Arena, it is a first time experience. However, Dawson is familiar with Macau, having fought in the country previously in Muay Thai.

“It’s awesome to be fighting in Macau,” Dawson continued. “I’m really happy that it’s not too far from Australia or our time zone. I’ve actually fought Muay Thai in Macau before, so I’m looking forward to my return.”

Having shown a glimpse of what he is truly capable of against Trout, Dawson is looking forward to showing the boxing world what a motivated, fit and most importantly injury free Dawson can do.

“The last few fights and performances have shown that I am very capable of competing with the world’s best,” said Dawson in closing. “This is a great match up for me, with a high ranking in the WBO, the NABO title and a future fight world title challenge all being on the line.”


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