|Dawson Humiliates Hopkins to Retain Title!
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (April 30, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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