Chad Dawson (born July 13, 1982) is an American professional boxer. He has held multiple world championships at light heavyweight, and was one of the most highly regarded boxers in that division from 2006 to 2013. Dawson rose to prominence on the world stage in 2007, when he defeated Tomasz Adamek to win the WBC title. After vacating that title, he defeated Antonio Tarver in 2008 to win the IBF and IBO titles. Dawson's first career loss was to Jean Pascal in 2010, after which he would win the WBC title for a second time, as well as the Ring magazine and lineal titles, by defeating Bernard Hopkins in 2012. In the same year, The Ring ranked Dawson as the world's tenth best active boxer, pound for pound.
Later in 2012, Dawson moved down to super middleweight, a division where he had not competed since 2006, in order to challenge Andre Ward for the unified WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring, and lineal titles. In what would prove to be an ill-fated move, Ward handed him his second loss as it became clear that Dawson could no longer compete at a lower weight. In 2013, having returned to light heavyweight to defend his titles, Dawson was knocked out by Adonis Stevenson in one round.