Written by Rob Scott
Atlantic City — April 28, 2012— On this day, GoldenBoy Promotions, along with Gary Shaw Productions, brought to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, “Once And For All” – Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson 2 for the WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight titles.
Second Time Around
The bout was a continuation of their first light heavyweight title encounter which took place six months prior at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. That previous bout officially ended in a no-contest when the contest was halted in the second round after controversy ensued.
After throwing a right hand, an over-extended Hopkins, whether voluntarily or not, leaned on a ducking Dawson’s back. Dawson pushed him off, causing Hopkins to fall down and through the ropes. Hopkins fell hard and began to grimace and complain that his left shoulder was injured and he could only continue with one arm.
Initially, referee Pat Russell declared Dawson a 2nd round TKO winner, but after a Hopkins appeal, the decision was changed to a no-contest. The verdict allowed Hopkins to keep his WBC and Ring Magazine belts.
From LA to AC
This time around there was a change of venue and Boardwalk Hall played host to these two warriors, as both declared they would ultimately have their hand raised.
The now 47-year-old Hopkins came in sporting a 52-5 (32 KOs) record, while the 29-year old challenger, Dawson, came in at 30-1 (17 KOs).
In the early goings, the southpaw Dawson used his speed, jab, and size to dictate the pace, coming forward and trying to catch the now 47 years old Hopkins with shots. Hopkins moved around a lot, trying to avoid the young challenger’s offense, while also occasionally landing his own pot shots.
Dawson received a huge cut over his left eye as a result of an accidental clash of heads in round 4, and another over his right eye in the 8th. All-in-all, Dawson’s corner did a great job with the cuts, not allowing them to become significant factors in the bout.
In the 11th, Hopkins went to the canvas after a bit of Dawson rough play, but later in the round, both were sent down after a Hopkins tackle.
And The New
After 12 rounds the fight went to the scorecards. One judge scored the bout even at 114-114, while the other two saw it differently, with both seeing it 111-117 twice in favor of Dawson who became the new WBC/Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion.
After the bout, Dawson went to the Emergency room to get stitches for his wounds but was fine because he knew he made history…Atlantic City Boxing History.
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