Hopkins ‘thrilled’ as CSAC over-rule Dawson’s win, Oct 15 bout is a no contest

14 Dec

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Reigning WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins kept ahold of his belt following a controversial second round technical knockout loss to challenger Chad Dawson on October 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on October 15 and now, three months later, has witnessed his TKO turn to a No Contest as the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) overturned the decision. The Philadelphian is “thrilled” with the news.

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Hopkins after media workout. Credit: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“Justice was served today,” commented B-Hop, boxing’s oldest world champion; a status that was maintained by the WBC despite the ‘official’ nature of Dawson’s win spanning a bizarre two months. “I am thrilled that the California State Athletic Commission did the right thing and removed that loss from my record. Mistakes happen, but what you do to fix those mistakes is what counts.”

He continued: “The footage of the fight that was reviewed over and over again, proved to be the key testimony.

“I think it came down to the tape. Both of our sides were making good points, but it was a dinner without a turkey. The tape was the turkey. I am happy this ordeal is over. Now I can focus on continuing to rehab my shoulder and get ready to fight again, hopefully early next year. I will start my usual boxing routine in a couple of weeks and get ready to defend my titles again.”

Richard Schaefer, the CEO for Golden Boy Promotions and Hopkins’ representative, added: “I’m very pleased that the CSAC did the right thing and ruled that the result of Hopkins-Dawson was a no decision rather than a TKO loss for Hopkins.

“As the old saying goes, ‘there’s a reason that pencils have erasers’ and I commend the Commission for having the courage to correct an error which wrongfully put a blemish on Bernard Hopkins’ record. We now look forward to making Bernard’s next history-making fight.”

Hopkins’ record returns to 52-5-2, 34ko with, crucially, no knockout defeats out of his five losses (all by way of decision). Chad Dawson, meanwhile, drops back to 30-1-0, 17ko.

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3 Responses to “Hopkins ‘thrilled’ as CSAC over-rule Dawson’s win, Oct 15 bout is a no contest”

  1. gentlemanjeff December 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    I think a No Contest is the only result that would have made any sense. I’m so glad it finally went through. Dawson was scared to offer a rematch and I’ll be eager to see if he can actually beat Hopkins. I’d also be interested to see Hopkins-Bute, though.

  2. On The Beak December 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    I wonder if this will set a precedent though. Or where the line will be. Don’t think Khan should have anything over-turned. But can see lots of fighters now lobbying to the respective commissions for any result they feel aggrieved from!

    For the Hopkins bout, I agree, no real winner was determined for that fight. Not many people would probably want to see it but a rematch between the two probably needs to happen somewhere down the line.

    Hopkins v Bute would be interesting. He (B-Hop) seems to like Canada now, is willing to return. Wonder what the weight would be though. 175 would favour Hopkins. Anything less and it turns more into a Bute victory.


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