Hopkins (52-6-2-1, 34 KOs) controversially, albeit briefly, lost his crowns against Dawson (31-1, 18 KOs) by a flimsy second round TKO October 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
“Bad Chad” ridiculously hoisted Hopkins into the air and dropped the Philadelphian onto the canvas.
Dawson’s devious tactic left Hopkins with a separated shoulder that prevented his ability to continue scrapping.
“I really don’t believe Bernard Hopkins was hurt,” said the delusional 29-year-old Dawson to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. “He showed that he really didn’t want to be in the ring with me that night.”
Referee Pat Russell pathetically, and inexplicably, ruled the blatant foul a knockdown and unjustifiably raised Dawson’s hand in triumph.
“The Executioner’s” legal team quickly filed an appeal with the California State Athletic Commission to overturn Russell’s insane decision.
“I am here to fight and finish off what should have happened the first time we fought,” Dawson continued to rant. “I was supposed to be crowned light heavyweight champion.”
Roughly two months after the fiasco, the WBC overturned the result and ruled the bout a no-decision on December 13.
Hopkins, who successfully defended his middleweight belt a record 20 consecutive times from 1995 through 2005, has been declared healthy and he is reportedly excited to again clash with Dawson.
The reformed ex-convict from the “City of Brotherly Love” has shown no signs of slowing down at the age of 47.
Last May in Montreal, Canada, Hopkins outclassed Jean Pascal to earn a unanimous decision victory and become, at 46, the oldest man to win a major title.
“Big” George Foreman was 45 when he monumentally knocked Michael Moorer onto Queer Street in the 10th round to capture the WBA and IBF heavyweight crowns and establish the previous benchmark for boxing graybeards.
Conversely, Dawson, a southpaw currently rated by The Ring as the fourth best light heavyweight boxer in the world, suffered his only loss as a professional to Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) in August 2010.
Mike Cappiello, a native of “The City of Champions” who once fought for the IBO super featherweight title and retired with an impressive mark of 33-6, has the utmost respect for Hopkins.
“Hopkins is not in it for the money,” said Cappiello, the owner of Cappiello Brothers Boxing gym in Brockton. “He loves to fight.”
“The Executioner,” who hasn’t earned a knockout in his past 13 bouts since ending Oscar de la Hoya in the ninth round in September 2004, is an iconic prizefighter for the ages who indeed “loves to fight.”
“I believe that I’m the most underrated fighter that ever laced a pair of gloves on, that reached a level that I’ve reached in my 24 years,” Hopkins said. “And that’s a motivation for me to keep pushing, to prove that I’ve been and who I am.”
The Philadelphian may not manage to render the native of South Carolina unconscious in approximately six-hours.
Nevertheless, expect Bernard Hopkins to easily handle the formidable Chad Dawson and retain his crowns tonight in the “Las Vegas of the East.”