Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Dawson: It's Bullcrap, Bernard Hopkins Did Avoid Me

By Keith Idec
 
NEW YORK — Chad Dawson was blunt when Bernard Hopkins repeated that he never avoided a fight against Dawson.

“It’s bullcrap,” Dawson said after a press conference at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill to promote his Oct. 15 fight against Hopkins in Los Angeles. “We all know it. The fight should’ve happened three years ago, but it’s now. I think it’s the perfect time now.”

Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs, 1 NC) considers his lone loss, an 11-round technical decision defeat to Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs), a blessing in disguise. If he hadn’t lost that fight nearly a year ago in Montreal, Dawson doesn’t think he’d have ever secured a long-awaited showdown with Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs, 1 NC).

Pascal called out Hopkins in the ring after defeating Dawson, which prompted Hopkins to pursue a shot at Pascal’s WBC light heavyweight title. Pascal, of Laval, Quebec, owed Dawson an eventual rematch, but Dawson allowed Pascal and Hopkins to fight a second time, as long as the winner of the Pascal-Hopkins rematch agreed to fight Dawson in his next bout.

Hopkins and Pascal fought to a controversial majority draw Dec. 18 in Quebec City, but Hopkins clearly out-pointed Pascal in their 12-round rematch May 21 in Montreal to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a recognized world title. Beating Pascal in their rematch left Hopkins contractually committed to boxing Dawson in his next bout, according to terms of a three-fight contract Hopkins signed with HBO following his majority draw with Pascal.

“I had no problems fighting [Dawson] back then,” Hopkins said. “But what does that do for me going forward? I know I can beat him. But what’s after that? Now we’ve got a story. We’ve got the buildup for controversy. This is what TV loves. This is what promotion is about.”

Dawson and his promoter, Gary Shaw, scoffed at what they consider revisionist history from Hopkins. They’re certain Hopkins knew a matchup against a fast-handed, skilled southpaw would be very difficult, despite that Hopkins has gone 12-1 against boxers who fight from a left-handed stance.

“He’s not telling the truth,” Shaw said. “He’s a smart fighter. A smart fighter avoids those who he’ll either lose to or have a real tough time with, until he’s forced into it. In this case, we set the trap and caught the mouse. What happened is that I let him fight that second fight [against Pascal]. I could’ve stopped it, but that set the trap.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ИATAS on 08-11-2011

[QUOTE=Boxing Scene;10973581]Hopkins fan or not, Hopkins went on Friday Night Fights and said without a stutter that he wanted nothing to do with a Dawson fight. After Dawson lost, then he wanted the fight. Period.[/QUOTE] actually on Friday Night Fights,…

Comment by Iceta Lives on 08-11-2011

[QUOTE=Boxing Scene;10973581]Hopkins fan or not, Hopkins went on Friday Night Fights and said without a stutter that he wanted nothing to do with a Dawson fight. After Dawson lost, then he wanted the fight. Period.[/QUOTE] If Dawson can't beat Hopkins…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 08-11-2011

[QUOTE=Sir TomJones;10969040]I am betting on Dawson even if he is probably slight underdog[/QUOTE] Hopkins is the underdog. Atleast at the moment.

Comment by Boxing Scene on 08-11-2011

Hopkins fan or not, Hopkins went on Friday Night Fights and said without a stutter that he wanted nothing to do with a Dawson fight. After Dawson lost, then he wanted the fight. Period.

Comment by marzblkman on 08-11-2011

Hopkins said on an ESPN interview something to the effect of "fighting Chad Dawson brings me nothing" or something to that effect. I'm a fan of both guys but Bernard has shown while he is a fighting marvel that speed…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines Kell Brook Has Surgery - Wants Canelo, Cotto, Khan in 2017 Dennis Ceylan in Toughest Camp Ever For Ryan Walsh Clash Michael Conlan, Donnelly Named in Olympic Betting Judgement Diego Magdaleno vs. Art Hovhannisyan Set For October 7 Parker's Trainer: Dimitrenko is Bigger Challenge Than Haumono Tommy Langford-Sam Sheedy For Vacant British Belt, Oct. 22 Lou DiBella, Gary Shaw Fire Back at Jose Pedraza's Manager Duva: 'Modest Aspirations' For Kovalev-Ward PPV Performance Mayweather Sr: If Pacquiao Lost To Floyd Again, He'd Claim Injury Roach Will Have Pacquiao, Zou Shiming Spar as Bouts Near Parker's Title Prospects Increase as WBO Pressures Tyson Fury David Price vs. David Allen Clash in Play For October 15 Photos: Joseph Parker, Alexander Dimitrenko - Go Face To Face Miguel Cotto Return Targeted For February at Barclays Center Jose Ramirez: Pacquiao is Very Strong, Very Fast in Sparring Cecilia Braekhus Achieves Dream of Headlining on Home Soil Arum Rips: Golden Boy's Flat Fee Offer To Golovkin is Bullsh*t! Video: Bob Arum on Pacquiao Card, Future of PPV, More Estrada's Promoter Expects Chocolatito To Get KO'd in Rematch Photos: Mike Lee, Chris Traietti - Go Face To Face in Chicago Yordenis Ugas Demolishes Bryant Perrella in Four Rounds Magdaleno Confident of Making 122, Feels Donaire Has Aged Video: Pacquiao vs. Vargas Undercard Press Conference Jacobs' Trainer: Danny Not Afraid, He Will Curdle Golovkin's Milk! Donnie Nietes Feels Good at 112, Eyes WBO World Title Shot Ashley Theophane Tops Mayweather Promotions Card on Oct. 8 Photos: Nonito Doniare, Jessie Magdaleno - Go Face To Face Tyson Fury Will Be Back, Getting Help - Says Trainer Peter Fury Braehmer Will Have His Eye on Kovalev vs. Ward Winner Oscar Valdez Vows To Put on a Show on Pacquiao vs. Vargas Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters Deal in Place, Nov. 26 Humberto Soto Will Now Face Daniel Ruiz on October 1 Danny Garcia's Handlers Tried To Secure Eggington, Says Hearn Jamie Cox Feels He Would Topple DeGale, Jack, Ramirez, De Carolis Photos: Frankie Gavin, Sam Eggington - Face To Face at Presser Klitschko vs. Joshua Getting Close as Both Sides Wait For Rulings Erik Skoglund-Timy Shala WBA Title Clash Rescheduled To Dec. 9 Tyson Fury Facing 10 Day Deadline From WBO To Explain Condition Izu Ugonoh Anticipates a World Title Shot in 2017 Jose Pedraza's Manager Not Happy, Says Boxer is Stuck in Limbo
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement