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 Last update:  4/28/2012       Read more by David P. Greisman            &
Hopkins vs Dawson 2: The Trainers Prediction Roundtable
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by David P. Greisman

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (Dawson): I just think that Chad has a lot of youth, and the experience goes to Bernard, but youth, speed, and all the rest of the stuff goes to Chad. You know, boxing is a young mans sport. Theres very few people that can take it to another level when they get to a certain age. But I think Bernard already took it another level by beating Pascal, so I dont think he can go no higher.

I see a comfortable unanimous decision. Chad is going to use his jab. From what little I saw in the first fight, he looked good. He was doing what he had to do. He showed Bernard that hes the stronger person, and Bernard felt that strength when Chad picked him up and did whatever he had to do with him. Right then and there, Bernard knows that this kid is not as weak as he thought he was.

Sam Garcia (Dawson): I think Dawson wins. Obviously hes younger and athletic, and I think after what happened the last fight, hes extremely motivated. I think hell just be too athletic, a little too fast and a little too young. [Dawson wins] by unanimous decision. I think its going to be very difficult to knock out Hopkins. I think he should be able to win a decisive decision.

Henry Ramirez (Dawson): I m actually thinking Chad Dawson. I just think youth, overall boxing ability, hand speed, I just think hes going to win. Hell outwork Bernard Hopkins. Obviously Bernards a wily vet and can make things difficult for anybody, but I just think with Chad Dawson being younger, quicker, more athletic, I just think hell win a decision.

Ronnie Shields (Dawson): I think Chad Dawson wins on a late stoppage. Just watching the last fight, I just think hes got Bernards number. He knows that he has to pressure Bernard and he has to make him fight, and thats what he was doing when that sudden thing happened. I like Chad. Chad is young, hes strong, and I just think Chad is the better fighter.

[Question: What makes you think Hopkins will be stopped for the first time ever?] His age, I think its finally caught up with him. Looking at the last fight, I didnt think he was ready for Chad Dawson. I didnt think he was ready for the pressure that Chad was putting on him, and I know he wasnt going to go 12 hard rounds like that. So I think Chad has to get started early in the fight, he cant plan to let Bernard mess around and try to be coming in and stalling the fight and all this stuff. Hes just got to go straight at him, I feel, and I just think hes going to be too much.

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Tags: Bernard Hopkins , Chad Dawson , Hopkins vs Dawson , Hopkins-Dawson

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comment by kiaba360, on 04-28-2012
I hope Dawson wins, cuz we need the future of boxing to take the reigns. Somebody is gonna have to knock B-Hop off the throne, and Dawson has the chance to do so.

comment by Boxingtech718v2, on 04-28-2012
Dawson gonna wax that azz, Hopkins fouls enough to avoid the KO though, but Dawson by wide UD.

comment by I Love Jesus!, on 04-28-2012
jeez hopkins is the rodney dangerfeild of boxing. no matter how many times he does it they still pick against him. he coud ko dawson and they would pick him to lose the next 1.

comment by MJ223, on 04-28-2012
Lets see if the old man can prove everyone wrong..... Myself included

comment by shisham, on 04-28-2012
B Hop is going to neutralize Dawson's best assets and make him run into looping and straight right hands!!!!

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