Dawson Humiliates Hopkins to Retain Title!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (April 30, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Chad Dawson
It was like a professional boxer against a cage fighter at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, Saturday night as Chad Dawson, 31-1 (17), of New Haven, CN, easily defeated Bernard Hopkins, 52-6-2 (32), of Hockessin, DE, to retain his IBF light heavyweight title by majority decision.  For the word “majority” to be in the decision has to bring in question what fight Luis Rivera who had it 114-114 was watching?  At best Hopkins won 3 rounds which is what Steve Weisfeld and Dick Flaherty had it at 117-111.  HBO judge Harold Lederman also had it 117-111.  This writer had it 118-110 all for Dawson.

For the many fans in attendance to watch a former two-division world champion in Hopkins put up such a lack of resistance was embarrassing.  His objective was to grab Dawson, spin him so both were side by side and cheap shot him.  If Dawson unwisely stooped down Hopkins automatically rested his whole body on him.  Was he looking for a repeat of their October of 2011 bout which was reversed from a Dawson win to a NC?  

If this was a team sport game it would have be said “the winning team manager simply out coached/managed the other teams”.  It’s about time John “The Ice Man” Scully got his due by completely out planning the Hopkins corner ran by Nazim Richardson.  

Scully was on Dawson to focus the entire fight and to box against the lack of offensive from Hopkins.  You can’t win a fight on defense alone.  Hopkins should have had a third glove for his head which was his best weapon once again.  Gene Fullmer he is not but managed to open a cut under the left eye brow of Dawson’s with his head.  It was a matter of time before it would happen.  Dawson immediately stepped back with blood running down the left side of his face complaining to Hopkins for what he did.

Referee Eddie Cotton did a descent job in trying to keep Hopkins from holding, head butting and hitting low.  He couldn’t avoid the tackle of Dawson in the eleventh but had to know going in what he was officiating Hopkins.  At 47 KO king Archie Moore was still knocking people out.  Hopkins, now 47, hasn’t stopped anyone since 2004 when his now boss, Oscar De La Hoya, went down from a body shot and seemed to make a speedy recovery after being counted out.

Though both boxers are said to be 6:01, Hopkins fights out of a crouch like a rattler ready to attack.  He was not in with Kelly Pavlik, but a smart southpaw boxer who was not going to be fooled by Hopkins bag of cheap tricks.  Hopkins love for money is well known but let’s hope he doesn’t continue his career with another exhibition like he performed Saturday night at the expense of the many paying fans.  Looking in and being in good physical shape at 47 is getting old and its time for Hopkins to take his millions and give back to the game that made him rich.  There are many kids in Wilmington, DE, and Philadelphia that he could help in the recreation facilities and gyms financially.  Too many trainers have spoken of his lack of helping the kids for years in Philadelphia.  It’s his money but if he wants to whine like Larry “Peanut Head” Holmes about not getting any respect ala Rodney Dangerfield he can change all of that over night.

Outside of the third round and the eleventh round in which Dawson seemed to take the round off, Hopkins never scored more punches than Dawson in any of the 12 rounds per HBO’s punch count.  Only 2 rounds were even.  In the eleventh round either Hopkins corner or he decided to walk out and throw a lead over hand right.  The way he missed Dawson was quite evident how desperate he had become.  

Falling to his knees, Hopkins seemed to be looking for a disqualification or having a frustrated Dawson almost throw him through the ropes as he did in the fourth round.  This was not going to get him a pass this time as it did in their last fight.  This was the other round Lederman gave Hopkins besides the third and eleventh.  It looked like referee Cotton was taking a point away from Hopkins after the deliberate tackle in the eleventh but he didn’t.  

Though Hopkins immediately left the ring without an interview he would later state there is still a future for him in boxing though many boxers do not want to fight him.  If they don’t it isn’t out of fear but “why fight such a dirty fighter and risk getting busted up and maybe losing that way?”    

In the co-main event it seems Philadelphia’s Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon, 30-3 (22), faced a contender for the third time with the same results.  After a good first round where he hurt his opponent Seth Mitchell, 25-0-1 (19), of Brandywine, MD, with a right to the jaw halfway through, Witherspoon blew his chances of victory.  Mitchell took over in the second round after about a minute of Witherspoon trying to continue looking for a knockout.   In the third round a right hand hurt Witherspoon and a follow-up left dropped him.  He was taking punishment in the third up against the ropes when referee Randy Neumann stepped in just before Mitchell unloaded another power shot right hand to stop it at 2:31 of the round.  Was it a quick stoppage?  The Witherspoon corner didn’t seem to complain.  The vacant WBO NABO title was at stake.

In spite of an additional trainer in Virgil Hunter, Witherspoon showed little more than a shoot out of who gets to whom first against Mitchell.  If Mitchell is a heavyweight to watch I don’t think the Klitschko brothers lost any sleep Saturday night.  “I want to thank God for being so good to me,” said Mitchell.  He seemed to do that by dropping to a knee in a corner after the fight was stopped.  He was obviously very emotional after the victory.  Like Witherspoon, another nice guy, but do they have what it takes to win a world title?

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