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Gary Shaw: We Chased Bernard Hopkins For Years

by David P. Greisman

There was a time when Chad Dawson was the young light heavyweight titleholder in a division full of experienced big names — none of whom were fighting him.

But Dawson has since had two bouts with Glen Johnson, two bouts with Antonio Tarver and now has had two bouts with Bernard Hopkins.

The Hopkins fights were something Dawson’s camp long desired, according to Dawson’s promoter, Gary Shaw.

“This has been a long hard road. We chased Bernard Hopkins for a good three and a half or four years, and every time I thought I had a fight made for Chad, they pulled out,” Shaw said at the post-fight press conference following Dawson’s win Saturday over Hopkins. “It was always the next fight — ‘If Chad beats this guy, then I’ll fight him.’

“And that takes us to California, where we fought the other fight for two rounds. Obviously it didn’t end in a fan-pleasing way. It certainly didn’t end in a way that Chad Dawson wanted it to end. He wanted to fight, and Hopkins didn’t want to do the fight. So here we are today, with the new light heavyweight champion of the world, a guy that fought and took the fight to Bernard Hopkins, that ate a lot of hip punches, and if you watch the replay, I don’t know how many, but I saw at least eight major punches to Chad’s hip, the head butts and everything else.”

Later on, Shaw made sure to praise Hopkins — and to put the critical comments he’d made about him in context.

“I do want to say one thing — we have the world of respect for Bernard Hopkins,” Shaw said. “This was a promotion. We said a lot of things. Chad said things. I definitely said a lot of things. And I know Bernard knows, you do what you have to do to promote a fight, to get a big gate, to get a lot of people, but he’s a true Hall of Famer, he’s truly one of the greatest fighters. I never had the honor of promoting him, but for sure he knows I’m a huge fan of his, and I have the utmost respect. … He could probably beat most everybody else out there.”

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 I Love Jesus! on 04-30-2012

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;12059221]to be fair hopkins said he wanted the winner of pascal dawson and pascal won. he obviously did fight dawson so he gets credit.[/QUOTE] exactly that fat dump shaw would have got the fight sooner if dawson didnt get beat…

Comment by crocop316 on 04-30-2012

That fat [email protected]@rd chased no'one in his life. Gary Shaw: I Sat in McDonalds For Years.

Comment by djtmal on 04-29-2012

[QUOTE=NachoMan;12059553]What is up with ducking talk? Nobody was forcing Hopkins' hand. At 47 years old, with his resume, Bernard had nothing to prove. He fought Dawson (twice) because HE wanted it. You could have called him a ducker if he…

Comment by Boxingtech718v2 on 04-29-2012

He should have fought Dawson a long time ago and it came back to bite him. He would have put up a better fight and had a better chance. I would have preferred that, at least he would have been…

Comment by Jack Napier on 04-29-2012

Hopkins had a chance in 2009 he waited a long time between Pavlik and Ornealas (sp?) had he faced Dawson then, he may well have won at Hopkins' age, every passing day takes something off him Dawson doesn't seem to…

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