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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

24/04/12 Dawson v Hopkins

Is this one step to far for Bernard Hopkins who this weekend is set to take on Chad Dawson in their long awaited rematch? It must have been eating away at Dawson over the last 6 months with how their last encounter ended, and revenge would be an under statement when best describing how Dawson must be feeling going into this fight. It was last October when in a very brief encounter fight fans were left watching an over the top theatrical Hopkins rolling around on the floor like he had been shot. The official ruling given was a no decision made by the WBC and the Californian Commission instead of the initial TKO win to Dawson. Either way and what ever the official outcome it was a huge let down and tarnished the records of both men, but ultimately it was another Hopkins charade that stole the show, claiming that he had injured his shoulder and there for leaving him unable to continue. Dawson blames the fact that Hopkins climbed on his back and that’s why he threw him off. This weekend on the 28th April, Hopkins has the chance to prove critics wrong and set the record straight and produce a performance reminiscent of that against Jean Pascal a year ago when he outpointed and outworked Pascal over 12 rounds. For Dawson this is a chance to prove his status as an elite Light heavyweight Champion and prove that he can beat Hopkins with pure Boxing ability. No matter what happens I am sure this will yet again be a stand out fight, weather its because of controversy, bad decisions or just great Boxing action, lets face it wins against Winky Wright, Felix Trinidad, Antonio Tarver and Kelly Pavlik prove that a 47yr old Hopkins can win, but for me Dawson will be too quick and strong.

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