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Dawson in top shape
Dawson in top shape

Goldfields-born boxer Daniel Dawson yesterday declared himself in the best condition of his 10-year professional career ahead of a major title defence in Perth next weekend.

Dawson will put his PABA junior middleweight belt on the line against Jakarta-based Marco Tuhumury at the WA Italian Club next Friday night.

The 34-year-old has prevailed in 37 of his 41 professional bouts with 24 knockouts – a record which will make him a short-priced favourite against a largely unheralded Tuhumury (nine wins; nine losses; one draw).

A victory for Dawson is viewed as a major stepping stone in his bid to secure big fights in the United States – including a possible tilt at reigning WBA champion Austin Trout.

Dawson was on the cusp of fighting Trout last year, but that opportunity eventually went to fellow Australian Frank LoPorto who outpointed the former local in a 2010 clash in Perth.

LoPorto was subsequently stopped by Trout in six rounds at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas and has since turned down a rematch with Dawson, who is currently ranked at number 15 in the official WBA rankings.

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