Dawson defeats Hopkins by TKO
LOS ANGELES - Any time Bernard Hopkins steps into the ring it's news, if for no other reason than he is 46 years old.
Hopkins is no ordinary middle-aged man, however, and he proved it last May when he became the oldest boxer to win a major world title with a unanimous decision over then-light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal.
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Bernard Hopkins, right, and Chad Dawson fight in the second round of their light heavyweight boxing match at Staples Center on Saturday night. (Jae Hong / Associated Press )
Hopkins squared off with former champion Chad Dawson on Saturday in the main event at Staples Center in an attempt to defend the belt he won from Pascal.
But the ending was almost as bizarre as the one last month when Floyd Mayweather Jr. knocked out Victor Ortiz when he wasn't looking.
In this one, Hopkins and Dawson had been holding a lot during the first two rounds. In the second, Dawson lifted Hopkins off his feet with his shoulder after Hopkins had leaned into him. Hopkins went down hard to the canvas and onto the apron.
Hopkins, claiming a shoulder injury, was unable to continue and Dawson was credited with a second-round knockout before 8,431, taking Hopkins' title in the process.
After Hopkins (52-6-2) was put on a stool in the ring, Dawson came over and started yelling at him. Hopkins stood up and yelled back.
Referee Pat Russell claimed there was no foul, thus the KO victory for Dawson.
"They set me up," Hopkins said. "It should have been a no-contest.
The guy (Russell) asked me if I could continue and I said, `Yes, with one arm.' And then he called the fight.
"He picked up my two legs off the ground and he threw me down on my shoulder. I have a knot.
"But I said I would continue with one arm. I was ready. He didn't say he was stopping the fight. He just walked away. ...
"That was a blatant foul and it should have been a no-contest."
Said Russell: "He could not continue because of an injury. No foul."
George Dodd, executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission, backed Russell.
"The referee did not call the foul," he said. "He couldn't continue and so it was a TKO (actually a KO) for now. At this time, that's the call."
Dawson (31-1, 18 KOs) was booed heartily by the fans in attendance. He showed complete disdain for Hopkins in a post-fight interview.
"I'm sorry for the disappointment for the fans," said Dawson, 29.
"He ran from me for three years. I know he didn't want the fight. He keeps talking about Philly and being a a gangster.
He's no gangster. Gangsters don't quit. He's a weak mentally and physically minded person. I was going to get on him and he knew it. He jumped on me and was pulling me down.
"I pushed him off with my shoulder."
Jorge Linares of Venezuela was trying to win a title in his third weight class when he stepped into the ring against Antonio DeMarco of Mexico in the semi-main event. But DeMarco foiled that plan when he stopped a bloodied Linares at 2:32 of the 11th round to win a vacant lightweight championship.
Dawson awarded TKO over Hopkins in bizarre fight
LOS ANGELES – Even for boxing, the Chad Dawson-Bernard Hopkins fight had a head-scratching ending Saturday night at Staples Center in front of 8,431.
Dawson (31-1) was awarded a second-round TKO victory over Hopkins (52-6-2), but it wasn't a result of a devastating punch, but more like a shoulder shove.
Bernard Hopkins grimaces in pain after being pushed out of the ring by Chad Dawson during the second round of their bout Saturday at Staples Center. Dawson won by TKO in the second round after Hopkins wasn't able to continue due to his shoulder injury.
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In the second round, Hopkins threw a right that missed Dawson. Hopkins' momentum carried him into Dawson and he appeared to jump up on Dawson's back and shoulder.
Dawson then used his shoulder to get Hopkins off of him, sending Hopkins to the canvas and almost out of the ring. Hopkins landed on his left shoulder. He wasn't able to continue and referee Pat Russell stopped the fight at 2:48 of the round.
Russell ruled that it wasn't a foul, which meant Dawson won the fight by TKO, claiming the WBC light-heavyweight title.
"I don't think he came here to fight," Gary Shaw, Chad Dawson's promoter, said of Hopkins.
Shaw also said Dawson will not offer Hopkins a rematch.
"He jumped on me and he was pulling me down," Dawson said. "I pushed him off with the shoulder. Obviously, Bernard didn't want to fight.
"I was looking forward to a great fight. I knew he didn't want the fight. He keeps talking about Philly and being a gangsta, but he's no gangsta. Gangstas don't quit."
Hopkins said he was willing to continue despite the injury. After the fight, Hopkins was taken to a hospital to have his shoulder examined.
"The ref asked if I could go on and I said yes with one arm," Hopkins said. "He (Dawson) picked my two legs off the ground and he threw me down on my shoulder.
"The ref never told me that if I didn't keep fighting that I would be disqualified ... they want me out of boxing and this is one way to do it."
George Dodd, the executive officer of the California Commission, said the result "is a TKO for now, at this time ... that's the call."
Golden Boy promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said they are going to file a protest with the California Commission and with the WBC.
It was announced later Saturday night that Hopkins went to California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was examined by Dr. Sam Thurber, who diagnosed Hopkins with a separation of the acromioclavicular (A-C) joint which connects the collar bone and the shoulder blade.
For all the disappointment in the Hopkins-Dawson fight, at least the fans were able to see a classic slugfest in the co-feature fight between Antonio DeMarco and Jorge Linares.
DeMarco (26-2-1) pulled out a victory and the WBC lightweight title, when defeat seemed almost certain against Jorge Linares (31-2).
DeMarco was behind on all three scorecards heading into the 11th round, but he ended the fight in the 11th.
Judge Joel Scobie had Linares winning, 99-91, at the time of the stoppage. Jerry Cantu and Marshall Walker both had Linares winning, 98-92.
Linares had suffered a nasty gash on the bridge of his nose from an apparent headbutt early in the fight. It didn't seem to bother him then, but became more problematic as the fight raged on.
Danny Garcia (22-0) passed a major test in his young career with his split decision victory over Kendall Holt.
Garcia won the vacant NABO junior-welterweight belt and earned Garcia the No. 2 IBF and No. 1 WBC positions.
Paulie Malignaggi (30-4) defeated Orlando Lora by unanimous decision in the opening fight on the televised portion of the pay-per-view. The scores were 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92.
In another fight, Dewey Bozella, 52, who was jailed 26 years for a murder he didn't commit, won his pro boxing debut, beating Larry Hopkins by unanimous decision. Bozella said he was planning on only one fight.
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Hopkins controversially stopped by TKO in bizarre night of boxing
LOS ANGELES // Bernard Hopkins was stopped for the first time in his career in bizarre fashion last night, after he was unable to continue in his WBC light heavyweight title defence when Chad Dawson lifted him and tossed him to the canvas late in the second round.
Dawson (31-1, 18 KOs) claimed the belt from the 46 year old Hopkins (52-6-3) after the contentious decision from the referee Pat Russell deemed that Dawson had not fouled Hopkins.
When Hopkins leaned over the crouching Dawson after throwing an overhand right, Dawson lifted Hopkins off his feet before shrugging him onto the canvas. Hopkins landed roughly on his left shoulder.
Hopkins immediately clutched his left shoulder and grimaced in pain, unable to continue.
"They want me out of boxing, and this is one way to do it," Hopkins said. "Chad Dawson came in the ring tonight, and he just wanted to rough me up with dirty tactics. He wanted to get me out of there, and that was the only way he could."
After waiting nearly three years for a fight with Hopkins, Dawson was enraged when Hopkins stayed down on the ground, angrily taunting him and climbing on the ropes. When Russell waved off the fight, Dawson went over to Hopkins and motioned at him to get off his stool, repeatedly cursing at him.
"He jumped on me and was pulling me down, so I pushed him off with the shoulder," Dawson said. "B-Hop disappointed a lot of fans. I was looking forward to a good fight. I trained eight weeks for this. Yes, he was faking. This is a fight I wanted for three years, and Bernard obviously didn't want the fight."
"He keeps talking about Philly and being a gangster. He's no gangster. Gangsters don't quit. He's weak. He's a weak physically and mentally-minded person. He has no power."
Hopkins said he told Russell he would continue fighting "with one arm," but Russell waved off the fight and declared a TKO. Just like that, a long-awaited showdown between the ageless light heavyweight champion and his top young rival was over, enraging the lively Staples Center crowd.
"It was not a foul," Russell said. "It's a TKO. He could not continue because of an injury. No foul."
The result could be contested by Hopkins, and even California officials acknowledged the first TKO on Hopkins' record could soon be up for debate in a boardroom.
"He couldn't continue, so it's a TKO for now," said George Dodd, the California State Athletic Commission's executive officer. "At this time, that's the call."
The brief fight will be an absurd chapter in the remarkable midlife renaissance of Hopkins, who became the oldest man to win a significant world title last May with a victory over Jean Pascal, the only man who has beaten Dawson.
"He knew he wasn't in there with a 46 year old, because I was quicker and faster than him," Hopkins said. "That was a blatant foul, and it should be a no-contest, not a disqualification."
Hopkins has defied all conventional wisdom about athletes and ageing ever since his career appeared finished after two decision losses to Jermain Taylor in 2005, when Hopkins was just 40.
He won a light heavyweight title with a stunning upset of Antonio Tarver in 2006 to start a 6-1-1 streak over his previous eight fights, beating Winky Wright — Dawson's friend and training partner — along with Kelly Pavlik and Roy Jones junior
Dawson has been angling for a shot at Hopkins since shortly after winning his first world title four years ago, realising the fight could define his career — particularly if he could retire Hopkins with a stoppage victory.
Dawson got it, but not in a way anybody imagined.
"Let Bernard take his paycheck and refund it to everybody. We came to fight," said Gary Shaw, Dawson's promoter. "What I really feel is Bernard is old, and he gave it all he could for as long as he could. He beat Pascal, but there was no way he could have beaten Chad." Next page
Hopkins cries foul after TKO
Bernard Hopkins cried foul after losing his WBC light heavyweight title to Chad Dawson on a controversial technical knockout on Saturday, while his opponent accused him of being “soft” in a swift and chaotic end to the fight.
Dawson lifted Hopkins off his feet and slammed him to the canvas, hurting the veteran boxer's left shoulder near the end of the second round at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
With Hopkins in obvious pain, referee Pat Russell to signalled the end of the bout with 12 seconds left of the second, infuriating both fighters.
“He picked me up, both my feet off the ground, and threw me down on my shoulder,” the 46-year old Hopkins told reporters.
“I told the referee I would continue with one arm, but he stopped the fight. He never told me that if I stopped fighting I'd be disqualified.
“They set me up. Dawson was just in there to rough me up,” added Hopkins, who is 52-6-2 in 60 career bouts. “That was a blatant foul. It should be no contest, not a disqualification.”
The referee defended his decision.
“It was not a foul. It was a TKO,” said Russell. “He could not continue because of injury.”
However, George Dodd, executive officer of the California athletic commission, was less forthright, stating that the win “will stand - for now.”
Dawson, who improved to 31-1 with 18 knockouts, claimed to be equally upset by Russell's decision to end the fight and accused Hopkins of play-acting.
“He was faking,” Dawson said. “I'm sorry for the disappointment for the fans. He ran from me for three years. I know he didn't want this fight.
“He kept talking about Philadelphia and being a gangster. He's no gangster. He's soft, he's weak.” – Reuters