2008-04-12 Chad Dawson w pts 12 Glen Johnson, St Petersburg Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, USA - WBC

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2008-04-12 Chad Dawson w pts 12 Glen Johnson, St Petersburg Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, USA - WBC. Referee: Tommy Kimmons. Scorecards: 116-112, 116-112, 116-112.

On 19 April at the Tineretului Park Arena, Bucharest, Romania, Adrian Diaconu outpointed Chris Henry over 12 rounds to win the vacant WBC ‘interim’ title.

In July, rather than be forced into a defence against Diaconu, Dawson handed in his belt to challenge Antonio Tarver for the IBF title and the Romanian was upgraded to full championship status.