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Hopkins Ordered By The WBC To Face Dawson Again

By Rick Reeno

Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas - At the WBC's 49th annual convention, the sanctioning body issued an order that requires light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32KOs) to fight Chad Dawson (30-1, 17KOs) in a rematch.

The two boxers fought on October 15th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The fight came to an abrupt end in the second round, when Hopkins leaned over Dawson while charging in, and the challenger pushed him off. Hopkins fell to the mat and suffered a shoulder injury. 

The injury prevented Hopkins from being able to continue, and the referee Pat Russell named Dawson as the winner by way of second round technical knockout. A few days later the WBC held a vote and their championship board disagreed with Russell's ruling. The title was returned to Hopkins.

On Tuesday, the California State Atheltic Commission granted an appeal filed by Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Hopkins. The final outcome of his loss to Dawson was reversed and officially listed as a no-contest.

On Thursday morning, Dawson's promoter Gary Shaw, still steaming from Tuesday's ruling, made a sound case for an immediate rematch, which received approval from WBC president Jose Sulaiman and various board members who agreed with Shaw's position for the rematch.

In other news, WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk of Poland was ordered to have a rematch with top contender Francisco Palacios of Puerto Rico.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dave Rado on 12-16-2011

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;11568915]The Ring belts are vacant often because they are very difficult to get, being that the #1 has to fight the #2 and as we know in boxing, with all the politics and international fighters and everything else including money,…

Comment by JBell11 on 12-16-2011

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;11567802]I keep hearing dudes say DESTROY!!!!....again, who has EVER destroyed B.Hop?!?....and then dudes have the audacity to say these things knowing B.Hop is old enough to be Chad's father....when Max asked Chad about a rematch, he said...rematch for what?...he'll be…

Comment by ИATAS on 12-16-2011

[QUOTE=Dave Rado;11568901]Nevertheless, unfortunately, most boxers don't care about the Ring or lineal titles (they're not always the same thing), but do care about the alphabet ones. That's why most of the Ring and lineal titles are vacant most of the…

Comment by Dave Rado on 12-16-2011

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;11568273]clearly you don't know wtf you're talking about. It is a World Title. Those little WBA WBC whatever the hell belts you can literally win by beating a bum. Chavez jr. for example is the WBC Middleweight champion. Sergio Martinez…

Comment by ИATAS on 12-16-2011

[QUOTE=Mike Haynes;11568256]No mandatories = not a real title. Plus it is not a [B]WORLD[/B] Title......sorry - I just feel like boxers would first like to have a WBA, WBC, IBF or WBO next to their resume, then Ring Magazine Champion.[/QUOTE]…

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