Goldfields-born professional boxer Daniel Dawson says his latest performance is underlying proof he is worthy of a third tilt at a world title.
Perth-based Dawson, 34, pulled up short in title bouts against Daniel Geale (2007) and Serhiy Dzinziruk (2010).
But he says a renewed focus on becoming a more rounded boxer since returning to Perth late in 2010 following 12 months based in Los Angeles was now producing the desired results.
Recently elevated to number 15 among the World Boxing Association’s official rankings, Dawson logged his 38th professional victory in Perth at the weekend when he defended his PABA junior middleweight belt against Marco Tuhumury.
The victory, via a fifth-round knockout, coincided with his Melbourne-based manager Mike Altamura’s latest trip to the US where he is attempting to negotiate a deal with reigning WBA champion Austin Trout.
“This (Saturday’s performance) was definitely the best I’ve ever boxed – as far as my skill sets, overall focus and putting everything together,” Dawson said.