Photos: Emily Harney
Former two-time light heavyweight world champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (36-5, 19 KOs) cruised to an uneventful eight round unanimous decision over Denis Grachev (19-9-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dawson was in control from the opening bell. Grachev’s best moment was round six when he connected with several punches. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73. With the win, Dawson claimed the vacant WBC USNBC title.
It was short, but sweet. Unbeaten heavyweight Cassius Chaney (17-0, 11 KOs) needed just 63 seconds to annihilate former cruiserweight title challenger Santander Silgado (28-8, 22 KOs). A crushing right hand laid out Silgado for several minutes.
Super welterweights Jimmy Williams (16-3-2, 5 KOs) and Jose Medina (18-17-2, 7 KOs) battled to a six round draw. Scores were 58-56 Williams, 58-56 Medina, 57-57.
Lightweight Sharad Collier (3-0-1, 2 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Glenn Mitchell (3-4, 3 KOs). Both were down in a wild round one. Collier and got a referee’s stoppage at 2:12 of round four.