Dawson Earns Decision Over Hopkins, Calls Out Andre Ward!
By Sig Guillermo
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey- In their much anticipated rematch, Chad “Bad” Dawson (31W 1L-17KO’s) would come away the clear victor with a twelve round majority decision to once again reclaim the WBC/Ring light heavyweight titles over legendary ring tactician, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52W-6L-32KO’s-2D).
Despite being cut above both eyes, Dawson, 29, pulled through in outfoxing the wily veteran for virtually the entire fight. Hopkins, 47, had several moments in landing his well-timed right; but it would not be enough to keep up with the youth and resilience of his determined rival. Although awkward angles, excessive clinches, and head butts made for a somewhat frustrating matchup, the stylistic formula suited proper for a genuine passing of the torch. Judges, Steve Weisfeld and Dick Flaherty scored the contest 111-117, while Judge Luis Rivera scored the bout dead even at 114-114.
When interviewed after the bout, Dawson mentioned a possible future opponent in current WBA/WBC/The Ring Super Middleweight Champion, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (25W-0-13KO’s). As for Hopkins, it has been a long road traveled and yet retirement may continue to be the furthest thought from his mind.
On the co-feature, former Michigan State linebacker, Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25W-0-19KO’s-1D) weathered a disastrous first round knockdown from Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30W-3L-22KO’s), only to rally back with a monstrously explosive assault in the third round which forced referee Randy Neumann to halt the bout; saving Witherspoon from unnecessary punishment at 2:31. Mitchell, 29, would go on to earn the vacant WBO NABO heavyweight title with his stunning performance and appears to possess the necessary elements in re-awakening the heavyweight division.
Also, NABF welterweight titlist, Shawn “Showtime” Porter (19W-0-14KO’s) would succeed in brutal fashion with a sixth round technical knockout of Lincoln, Nebraska’s Patrick Thompson (18W-18L-8KO’s-1D) at 1:39 to maintain his untainted resume.