Dawson Wins World Title and Makes Boxing History

West Australian boxer Daniel ‘The Rock’ Dawson, displayed his boxing prowess and determination to overcome a tough world class opponent Alex Bunema from the United States, to win the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) World 154lb Light Middleweight Title at the Italian Club, North Perth, Western Australia on 20 September 2013.

Winning the WBF World Title helped Dawson leave his mark in not only boxing but in professional combat sports history as the first person to win three professional world titles in three different combat disciplines; boxing, kick boxing and Muay Thai. The only other person to accomplish a similar feat, was former IBF Featherweight Champion Troy Dorsey, who had also won a world kickboxing title prior to commencing his boxing career.

Bunema was arguably Dawson’s toughest opponent to date as he was constantly trying to march forward to land his reputed power punches to finish the fight early and take the title back to the US. The American was a good litmus test for Dawson to apply his conditioning and skills against a world class boxer, who has fought the best fighters in the Light Middleweight and Middleweight divisions. Just falling short of victories in competitive fights against opponents such as Sergio Martinez, Jermain Taylorand Damian Jonak, Bunema demonstrated his punching and knockout power against the Freddie Roach trained and former World Champion; Roman Karmazin, when after being outboxed by Karmazin, Bunema unleashed a vicious left hook to drop the former world champion then finished Karmazin with a barrage of punches in the 10th round.

For the past six years Dawson had been plagued with an injury to his right wrist that affected his power punching and overall performance, after recently having surgery to rectify this problem and together he and his manager Mike Altamura took the fight with Bunema, to demonstrate his skills and conditioning whilst under the guidance of local trainer Bobby Mayne and strength and conditioning coach Julian Hamilton underwent a training regimen to properly prepare him for this World title fight. Dawson himself had fallen short of victory in two previous world title challenges against fellow Australian Daniel Geale for the WBO Middleweight title and more recently against the then WBO Light Middleweight Champion Serhiy Dzinziruk due to lack of notice and adequate preparation.

This fight should be nominated for ‘Fight of the Year’ not only for the display of competitiveness and explosive action but also the skills and the empowering will to win by two world class boxers.

The judges scorecards read; Judge Ben Keilty 117-111, Judge Carl Zappia 117-111, Judge Chris Anderson 114-113

WBF Supervisor in attendance Chris Anderson.

Promoter: CDL Boxing Promotions


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