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Dawson in tilt at champ
Dawson in tilt at champ

Management for Goldfields-born professional boxer Daniel Dawson are pursuing a clash with unbeaten world champion Austin Trout in the US – most likely early next year.

Dawson, 34, is due to make an official return to the ring following an eight-month lay-off at Perth’s WA Italian Club in August.

But Dawson’s Melbourne-based manager Mike Altamura this week confirmed plans to have Trout defend his WBA junior middleweight title against the former local in a big-money fight overseas.

With promotional ties with another highly-touted American, Timothy Bradley – who upset pound-for-pound star Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas last weekend – Altamura appears to have sufficient clout to make the fight happen.

Anthony Mundine was the mandatory challenger to Trout, but a purse bid set up by the WBA earlier this year failed to attract a representative from the Australian’s camp.

Mundine was subsequently stripped of the interim title, but Dawson would be more than happy to fight in his place.

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