By Luis Sandoval
Only in the sport of boxing can two men trade punches and fight each other only to embrace and show a mutual respect after doing combat. Things were no different for Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins after they fought for Light Heavyweight supremacy in Atlantic City on April 28th.
Leading up to both their first and second fight, Dawson and Bernard showed a tremendous dislike for each other. Things got worse between the two when Dawson stated he felt Bernard faked an injury in their first fight when he fell to the canvas and landed on his shoulder. It even got to the point where both fighters stated they had no interest in ever sharing the squared circle again.
When Chad Dawson appeared on the most recent edition of BoxingScene’s official radio show The Boxing Lab, he revealed he and Hopkins spoke after the fight and had good talk.
“We actually got to talk after the fight. I think we respect each other. Leading up to the first fight and the rematch, we both said some things that probably didn’t sound good in the public eye. That we didn’t like each other. People really thought that we were really each other’s worst enemy but you know, after the fight we got to sit down and talk and he’s a great guy” revealed Dawson.
“It was just great you know, to sit down and talk to a legend like Bernard Hopkins. He’s a great guy and hopefully he thinks the same about me. I think we respect each other and we respect what went down that night”.
Dawson also feels the victory over Hopkins was the biggest win of his career. Having that name on his resume is something he’s extremely proud of and happy he was able to deal and beat a crafty veteran such as Hopkins.
You can listen to Chad Dawson’s interview in its entirety by listening to The Boxing Lab podcast: http://tobtr.com/s/3081299
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