At this point, one would wish for a “no-contest”, but not in California. Instead, by referee Pat Russell’s discretion, Chad Dawson was handed a title via TKO victory.
A non-boxing move.
A non-boxing night!
HBO’s team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, former Dawson trainer Emanual Steward, and Howard Lederman all agreed it should have been ruled a no-contest. However, no one from the Commission, including the referee were available for comment.
The worst part of this stench is that it will fester. And somehow, the near-sighted, non-promoters involved in this fight will try to spin this into another PPV. And when it happens, it will be the first $50 I put into my 401K
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October 15, 2011