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Bernard Hopkins on Rehab, Dawson Appeal, Targets Bute

by David P. Greisman

Though he is in Washington, D.C., in a promotional role — Golden Boy Promotions is putting on a fight this Saturday between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson — light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins also spoke to a group of reporters about himself.

Before being pulled away in another direction, Hopkins talked briefly about his recovery from an injury suffered in his October bout with Chad Dawson, about his appeal to the California State Athletic Commission to overturn what was ruled a technical knockout loss, and about whom he’d like to fight once he’s healed.

ON HIS INJURY:

“I’m in rehab. It’s 80 percent. It’ll be 100 percent by January when I start boxing. I had a slight tear in my rotator cuff. I also had an A/C break that was diagnosed by X-ray in L.A.”

[Note: Hopkins’ injury to the acromioclavicular joint, which connects the collar bone and shoulder blade, was a separation, according to a news release sent out following the fight.]

ON HIS APPEALING THE LOSS TO DAWSON:

“I go out next week to the hearing for the request to have the TKO overturned to a no contest. Truthfully, I wanted the DQ, because I believe the foul, and the act behind the foul … no remorse was shown. I’m hoping, worst-case scenario, that it’s a no-contest, which I think it should’ve been, based on the rules.”

ON WHAT’S NEXT:

“I think there’s two major fights next for me. Truthfully, I’d like to fight someone that has credibility. I’d like to fight [Lucian] Bute.”

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at twitter.com/fightingwords2 or on Facebook at facebook.com/fightingwordsboxing, or send questions and comments to [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Spray_resistant on 12-14-2011

Can't argue with the Bute fight for Hopkins and can see obviously with the money Bute brings in Canada why he would prefer this over a Dawson rematch though I still want to see it.

Comment by Forza on 12-14-2011

Ok first of all bute isn't going to LHW yet he still wants the winner or even possibly the loser of the Super Six Second Bhop needs to rematch dawson before calling anyone else out because that "fight" was straight…

Comment by 4Corners on 12-14-2011

Bute should fight the Ward-Froch winner first. If Hopkins doesn't retire, which I think he should (he looked like s**t the first ocupel rounds against Chad), he should fight Cleverly or Cloud at 175.

Comment by Tiozzo on 12-08-2011

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;11533285]we'll see...get ya points ready to be put where ya mouth is at....IF its made I'll be requesting a HUGE bet from you :cool2:[/QUOTE] awright just remind me when/if it happens

Comment by marzblkman on 12-08-2011

[QUOTE=StrangerInTown;11534685][B]Dawson's lack of sportsmanship is the issue.[/B] He threw those PPV dollars away when he tossed B-Hop aside like a wrestler. I won't pay to see Dawson again and that fight will not become an HBO After Dark event. Maybe…

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