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18 APRIL 2014

 

SecondsOut Team Picks: Bernard Hopkins Vs Chad Dawson


Hopkin sDawson go head to head
Hopkin sDawson go head to head

Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Bernard Hopkins makes the first defence of his WBC light-heavyweight title against Fellow American Chad Dawson. As usual our brave army of writers once again put their reputations on the line to pick a winner.

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This really is a tough fight to pick. On his day I’d probably pick Dawson to nick a tight decision but I have a sneaky suspicion that Hopkins will draw on all his guile to clinch a 12 round split decision win

Hopkins pts 12
Clive Bernath
Editor In Chief

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Chad Dawson will likely attempt to assert himself in the early rounds in an effort to try and test the much older Hopkins. However, I feel he will have a much more difficult task than he anticipates. Hopkins will prove that he’s not only one of the most clever fighters of the last 30 years, but that he also has an iron chin and will to succeed. This won’t be an easy walkover for Hopkins as he enjoyed versus Kelly Pavlik, but he will get a unanimous vote and achieve victory in a hard-fought, grind-it-out chess match.

Hopkins pts 12
Marc Livitz
Austin
Texas.
USA

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Hopkins is the ageless master, he may not have the speed or reflexes he once had but he has the patients’ and experience. Chad Dawson brings youth and power to the table, I sometimes wonder if he realizes the power he has. I think bringing on Winky to assist was a smart move as well as switching trainers. Winky has been there and has learned from when he had his fight with Bernard Hopkins and that gives Dawson an edge. Chad will have to go strait at Hopkins and not let the living legend cut off the ring. If Dawson listens to his corner and fights a smart fight then I see him winning. He knows Hopkins will use experience over youth on this fight. I have to go with Dawson on this one though. There is no doubt that at 46 yrs old Bernard Hopkins will give Dawson a fight but in the end Dawson go the distance and win on points.

Dawson w pts 12.
Ron Valderrama
Phoenix,
Arizona
USA

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"Bernard Hopkins will lose a step one of these days and actually show some signs that he is no longer among boxing’s elite. Then again, he may retire before that happens. The proud Philly fighter continues to prove himself fight after fight against some of the best competition out there. Chad Dawson is a highly skilled fighter with great athletic ability. He showed a few things against Jean Pascal that may deter one’s thoughts of predicting him to defeat Hopkins. He has shown quite a bit of positive things in his other fights, so that makes this fight almost a 50/50 toss up, but it’s probably more in the neighborhood of 55/45 for B-Hop. For Dawson to dethrone Hopkins he will have to maintain a solid work rate and fight a very smart fight. If not, Hopkins will use his savvy veteran skills and ring tactics to once again prove to the naysayers that he still has it. I think he will do just that, but like I said it could and should be a close one."

Hopkins w pts 12
Derek Gionta
Pittsburgh,
PA,
USA

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How can you pick against B-Hop? You can’t he defies logic and wins no matter what age or what weight.
Dawson hasn’t looked good in his past fights and switching trainers now isn’t a good idea.
Hopkins will once again use his wealth of experience and defeated Dawson by doing what he does best. Keeping the tempo at his pace and capturing a unanimous decision.

Hopkins 12
Andy Rivera
Albuquerque
New Mexico
USA

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I was ringside when Bernard Hopkins dominated Kelly Pavlik in 2008. When "The Executioner" stood on the ringside apron and stared at the Press, I promised myself I would never pick against B-Hop again. However, I never thought he would be getting into the ring with "Bad" Chad Dawson. It has been three years since Dawson called out Hopkins, and I never thought the fight would ever happen. Why? Because Bernard was too smart to get into the ring while giving up every measurable advantage. I won’t be shocked if Hopkins uses his ring smarts and savvy to guide him to another improbable victory at the age of 46. However, I can’t ignore that Hopkins will be fighting a taller man who possesses a dominant jab. Dawson also uses his legs well enough to prevent Hopkins from tying him up or bullying him to the ropes. Dawson possesses enough pop to earn Hopkins respect, and he fights at a calm, measured pace that will ensure that he does not burn himself out down the stretch like Pascal and Taylor did in the past.

Chad Dawson - w pts 12
Jason Pribilla
Bethlehem
PA
USA

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I have a feeling this is going to be a dreadfully dull bout. Even though Hopkins has shown glimpses of excitement in his recent fights, Dawson’s defensive, counter punching style does not bode well for an action packed night. My respect for Hopkins couldn’t be any higher after all these years and now, no matter who he fights, i refuse to pick against him. The few times I have, I was wrong. Hopkins by decision.

Hopkins w pts 12
Matthew Hurley
Boston, Massachusetts
USA

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Bernard Hopkins is truly one of the great fighters of our time. With that said, his recent record of 6-3-1, 0KO since decisioning Howard Eastman in Feb 2005 is not very impressive, although he has fought only top competition. The Ring #3 contender and former beltholder Chad Dawson is yet another very good fighter The Champ is facing. Dawson is experienced, has a good southpaw jab and has been in the ring with the likes of Adamek, Johnson, Tarver and Pascal so he definitely has a legitimate chance of dethroning the "new" 46-year-old light heavy king. Dawson`s chances lie in using his younger legs to stay busier than the old-timer and control the fight with his jab and combinations. But in picking this fight, one cannot go against the ageless wonder. Hopkins has embarrassed the doubters too many times. He is a master of making his opponents look bad by using every trick in the book to get the job done. Hopkins will somehow find ways to slow the pace down to his liking and score just enough rounds to win a close decision.

Hopkins pts 12
Mikko Sallo
Finland

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I’ve learned my lesson, I think. Every time I pick against Hopkins I am wrong, saying he will finally get old in that ring and lose. This time I am picking B-Hop by decision because I think it will take certain tools to dominate the old warrior that I don’t think Dawson possesses. It could play out like Calzaghe vs Hopkins or Taylor vs Hopkins, but I think it will be closer to Jones or Pavlik vs Bernard,

Hopkins w pts 12
Jerry Glick
New York
USA

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Stylistically this fight could be a nightmare for Hopkins, due to the fact that he fights in bursts, while Dawson is an aggressive volume puncher. Having said that Chad is a southpaw and Hopkins has been excellent against that stance in recent years. It’s also worth remembering that Jean Pascal slowed Dawson down by using movement, angles and feints, all of which the Philadelphia superstar is very adept at. Dawson cannot win a Hopkins paced fight, so I expect him to up the tempo, which means he will be catching a lot of counter punching, particularly right hand leads. I see Bernard keeping the challenger honest through the early and mid rounds, before dominating the last four stanzas, to secure a split decision victory.

Hopkins w pts 12
Tom Gray,
Motherwell
Scotland

I’m done picking against Bernard Hopkins. I’ve been burned too many times. As long as judges reward his slow pace and mugging style, he will continue to win fights. I don’t think Chad Dawson is that special fighter who can wrestle the title away from him. He’s younger, stronger, quicker, and in his prime. The same things that were said about Pavlik and Pascal when they challenged him. If Bad Chad can turn this into a brawl and wear down the old man in the late rounds, he can win. But that’s not his style. Bernard will win another unanimous decision.

Hopkins w pts 12
Tri "Rocco" Nguyen
Alexandria, VA
USA

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Dawson has been largely inactive in recent years so you just dont know what you are going to get. On the other hand, Hopkins continues to defy the age barrier, and after his outstanding win over Jean Pascal, he will have to go in the favourite
Hopkins UD 12. Dawson has been largely inactive in recent years so you just dont know what you are going to get. On the other hand, Hopkins continues to defy the age barrier, and after his outstanding win over Jean Pascal, he will have to go in the favourite

Hopkins w pts 12
Adam Santarossa
Sydney
Australia

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Hopkins wins this one for a myriad of reasons. For starters, this notion that Father Time will catch up to him is pure rubbish. That hasn’t happened yet and it won’t happen on Saturday. Also, even if Hopkins does somehow turn old over night, Dawson just isn’t the type of guy to go for the kill and become a PFP entrant. For whatever the reason and for how good Dawson is, he just hasn’t been the type of fighter who commands the best opponents. He hasn’t been overly vocal about wanting to fight the best and his attempts at calling out the elite have been muffled at best. There’s a reason that no casual fan of the sport knows him: he’s too reclusive to the media at times and he’s just too quietly patient about his career. With his abilities he should be a household name but given the fact that he doesn’t clamor for the spotlight or loudly demand the best fights, that will simply translate into him being a good opponent for Hopkins. The key word being "opponent." Hopkins by very close decision.

Hopkins pts 12
Mike Sloan
Las Vegas
Nevada
USA

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A few years ago, this would have been an easy pick for me to make, I would have said Dawson wins U Decision. Much younger guy, fast, quick, mobile, southpaw, but now 3 years later it is a tougher pick. Doesn’t that sound bizarre when you consider Hopkins is now 46 and Chad has yet to reach 30. We know what Bernard has done with Jean Pascal and we know Chad lost to him and has gone through a number of trainers. Having said all of that I with reservation still pick

Dawson Pts 12
James ‘Smitty‘ Smith
In This Corner TV
Las Vegas
Nevada
USA

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Age finally catches up to Hopkins. Dawson rebounds from a rather gutless loss to take the title--too much speed.

Dawson pts 12.
Harry Rosenbluth
photographer
Los Angeles.
USA

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Bernard Hopkins=11
Chad Dawson = 4



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