By Tri ’Rocco’ Nguyen:Another day, another disappointing end to a big title fight in boxing.
How else can you describe the scene at the Staples Center Saturday night when Chad Dawson heaved Bernard Hopkins to the ground, resulting in a shoulder injury to Hopkins. That’s not that unusual in boxing, people occasionally get injured as a result of a foul.
The disappointing part was that Dawson was rewarded with a TKO victory when Hopkins couldn’t continue as a result of the foul! What was referee Pat Russell watching? There’s sure to be a protest from the Hopkins camp, and a likely rematch. So in the end, the fighters and promoters will win because of the extra money. The losers? Boxing fans, of course. The thousands in attendance and hundreds of thousands watching on TV were left holding the bag yet again.
Before the foul, it seemed that Dawson really came to fight. Although the first round was uneventful, it was clear that he was not afraid of the living legend and was fighting an up-tempo pace. It was shocking how much larger he appeared compared to Hopkins. Is this the beginning of the end for Hopkins?
At age 46, a rematch with Dawson is there but assuming he gets through it, which is clearly not a given, what’s left? Not too many big names available in the 168-175lb weight class. A long shot would be Andre Ward but I’d take Ward in that fight.
October 17, 2011
Editor’s Note: Promoter Richard Schaefer is reportedly lodging a proteat with the Californian Boxing Commision and the WBC for a rematch