Most fight fans view 47-year-old WBC middleweight championBernard Hopkins as an age-defying phenomenon, one of boxing’s all-time greats, a master of defense, a trash-talk king and a wily veteran who knows every trick in the book and uses them each time he steps in the ring. They know him as the oldest world champion.
Chad Dawson sees his opponent, the guy whose left shoulder dislocated in the second round of their first fight in October after Dawson threw him to the mat, through different eyes.
“I saw a scared old man,” says Dawson, referring to their first meeting. “A guy who really did not want to be in the ring. His whole demeanor, his body movement, just the look in his eyes, you could tell he really did not want to be there.”
Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) will get a coveted second shot at Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) on Saturday in Atlantic City (10:15 p.m. ET, HBO). On the line is the title he held briefly before theWorld Boxing Council ordered the fight a no-contest instead of a Dawson victory. The WBC also ordered a rematch, thanks to the lobbying efforts of Dawson’s promoter, Gary Shaw. It’s all Dawson wanted, really.
To this day, Dawson does not think Hopkins was hurt, at least not enough to stop the fight.
“I don’t know if he underestimated me before we got into the ring or he didn’t train that hard. I don’t know what it was,” Dawson said recently, “but he found a way out that night. Continue Reading…