Hopkins and Dawson both agree: At 47, Bernard can carry on executing

1 May

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Bernard Hopkins suffered a career setback at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City last weekend, his sixth in total as a professional, as he dropped a decision to the younger, taller and faster Chad Dawson, losing his WBC light heavyweight world championship as a result. However, that has not deterred the legendary Philadelphian from continuing his quest to further enhance his pugilistic legacy and ward off father time; a notion backed by the current incumbent Bad Chad.

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Bad Chad did good as Dawson did his talking in and out the ring. Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Hopkins lost by two scores of 117-111 (an accepted points split according to consensus) with one judge seeing a 114-114 tie. As has become typical with a Hopkins performance, Bernard attempted to snuff out any rhythm his opponent attempted to build up and, even though against Dawson this tactic proved relatively successful, Hopkins – the self-styled Old Mongoose – was just too conservative in his own punch output to warrant a greater slice of point pie, especially when compared to the more active Chad.

“I fought hard Saturday night and feel the fight was closer than two of the scores reflected,” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32ko) said, on reflection of the majority decision loss.

Dawson, who now holds the WBC title (his third full championship at 175lbs), now has a number of match-ups available to him including a rematch with Jean Pascal in order to avenge his sole pro defeat, together with an all-American pound-for-pound tussle with super middleweight supremo Andre Ward.

The other belt holders at light heavyweight include Tavoris Cloud who makes a defence of his IBF title in August against Pascal, Beibut Shumenov who champions the WBA belt and is without an opponent and undefeated Welshman Nathan Cleverly, the WBO world titlist.

“Regardless of the result, I will continue my career and challenge any champion in my division,” Hopkins continued. “I might be older, but I don’t feel a decline in my skills or abilities in the ring. I love to fight and am still competing at a level where boxing cannot deny me the opportunity to succeed.”

Dawson concluded that the three other alphabet rulers better watch out: “He can still beat anyone else in our division.”

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One Response to “Hopkins and Dawson both agree: At 47, Bernard can carry on executing”

  1. EZ E May 2, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Just goes to show us the TRUE “state of the Lightheavyweight dision”. Man, I remember when guys likeMatthew Saad Muhammad, Marvin Johnson, Mike Rossman, Victor Galindez, a young Yaqui Lopez, James Scott, John Conteh, Slick Richie Kates, Eddie Mustafa Gregory Muhammad, John Conteh with a Dwight Qawi with up and coming Michael sping in the wing ready to crack the rankins!! All of these great and awfully good fighters roaming the division ALL AT THE SAME TIME!! With only TWO champions and the best contenders regularly facing each other for the PRIVILEDGE/HONOR of a cherished title opportunity.

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