Dawson's manager, Mike Criscio, confirmed Tuesday that Dawson, the unbeaten (28-0), two-time light-heavyweight champion from New Haven, will headline the first world championship bout at the XL Center since Starling retained his welterweight title there against Yung-Kil Chung on Sept. 9, 1989.
"It's time for Chad to have a real homecoming fight since he won the title," said Criscio
, who said he signed the agreement to bring the fight to the XL Center Tuesday.
Criscio said he initially looked into bringing the Dawson-Johnson rematch to either Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods, but couldn't work the Nov. 7 HBO date in there.
"So the next best thing was Hartford," Criscio
Criscio has been working on a deal with the XL Center for several weeks to cement the date in Hartford and "they really wanted the fight there, too.
They want boxing to take off up there again."
also said that because the popular Johnson is Jamaican, it will spark interest from a sizable Jamaican/West Indian population in the North End of Hartford,
expects ticket prices to range between $35 and $250.