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Dawson vacates 175-pound title to gird for possible showdown with Tarver

Updated: July 16, 2008, 5:31 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Light heavyweight Chad Dawson had a choice to make:

• Go to Romania to make his fourth title defense against interim belt holder Adrian "The Shark" Diaconu, the mandatory challenger, for a career-best purse of $1,088,274.

• Give up his title and take his chances that promoter Gary Shaw and Showtime can put the finishing touches on a deal that would see Dawson challenge Antonio Tarver for his belt in October in the United States for a similar payday.

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