2009-05-09 Chad Dawson w pts 12 Antonio Tarver, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Robert Byrd. Scorecards: 116-112. 117-111, 117-111.
On 27 May, Dawson relinquished the IBF title to negotiate a rematch against Glen Johnson for the WBC ‘interim’ title and Tavoris Cloud was matched against Clinton Woods to find a successor.