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Dawson thrashes Tarver to wrest light heavyweight title

In a battle between a young lion and a grizzled veteran, Chad Dawson proved too young, too strong and too determined for Antonio Tarver in wresting a portion of the light heavyweight title in Las Vegas.

Originally Published: October 11, 2008
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- For 16 months, Chad Dawson chased and chased and chased Antonio Tarver, and he finally got him. And he got him good.

Dawson showed the value of youth, speed and determination as he hunted down the older, slower Tarver for a no-doubt-about-it unanimous decision Saturday to take Tarver's light heavyweight belt at the Palms Casino Resort.

It was the culmination of a long chase.

Tarver had put off the much-talked-about match while taking lesser fights as Dawson, ...

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