Jerry Glick reporting: The press conference for the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson fight drew a huge media presence at famous BB Kings in Times Square, New York. For Hopkins it was old hat. He even said that he’s not tired of the hype fests just yet after doing them for some twenty years.
As usual the stage was arranged into two camps. In this co-promotion by Golden Boy, represented by Richard Schaefer, and Gary Shaw’s Gary Shaw Productions, the lines were deeply drawn. Each promoter talked up his fighters and belittled the others.
On one side of the stage was Shaw’s team, “Bad” Chad Dawson, 30-1 (17 KOs), the former light-heavyweight champ, joined by ex-light-welterweight boss, Kendall Holt, 27-4 (15 KOs). On the other side were Hopkins and the young man who will be attempting to move into the big time, when he faces Holt in an IBF eliminator, 23 year old Danny Garcia. Garcia, 21-0 (14 KOs), is not completely without credentials, he has beaten a few recognizable names such as Mike Arnaoutis, Ashley Theophane, ex-lightweight champion Nate Campbell.
Aware of his history, Hopkins, 52-5-2 (32 KO’s), talked about how he surprises people, even maybe himself.
“Who knows,” said Bernard. “I might embark and go up to the cruiserweight division and make another history; but come October 15th I must show that everything Gary Shaw is saying, that others have said about other younger, stronger fighters. Other than Roy Jones, two years ago, everybody I fought was in their twenties.”
He correctly pointed out that each time he faced a younger “A” level fighter it was expected that he would lose. Was Jones the only opponent over 29 as he claimed, not really; at the time Hopkins fought Calzaghi the Welshman was 36, Tarver was 38, but Pavlik was 29, Taylor was 27, and Trinidad was 28. All, it was thought, would beat the aging Hopkins. Only Calzaghi won in a squeaker, and Taylor won two close ones; Hopkins beat the rest. He promises to surprise us again on October 15th at the Staple center in Los Angeles.
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