After getting drilled by Adonis Stevenson in one round last year, Chad Dawson came back with a statement win earlier at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA as he defeated George Blades in the first round by KO. Dawson dropped Blades with a body shot, then moments later finished the fight by sending him to the canvas with a left hook to the head. Dawson came in overweight for the fight was forced to lose some of his purse for it. Dawson ended up coming to the ring at 201 lbs. After the fight, Dawson said he plans on going back down to 175.