Advertisement
Advertisement

Hopkins vs Dawson 2: The Trainers Prediction Roundtable

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 man’s sport. There’s 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 don’t 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 he’s 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 he’s younger and athletic, and I think after what happened the last fight, he’s extremely motivated. I think he’ll just be too athletic, a little too fast and a little too young. [Dawson wins] by unanimous decision. I think it’s 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 he’s going to win. He’ll outwork Bernard Hopkins. Obviously Bernard’s 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 he’ll win a decision.”

Ronnie Shields (Dawson): “I think Chad Dawson wins on a late stoppage. Just watching the last fight, I just think he’s got Bernard’s number. He knows that he has to pressure Bernard and he has to make him fight, and that’s what he was doing when that sudden thing happened. I like Chad. Chad is young, he’s 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 it’s finally caught up with him. Looking at the last fight, I didn’t think he was ready for Chad Dawson. I didn’t think he was ready for the pressure that Chad was putting on him, and I know he wasn’t going to go 12 hard rounds like that. So I think Chad has to get started early in the fight, he can’t plan to let Bernard mess around and try to be coming in and stalling the fight and all this stuff. He’s just got to go straight at him, I feel, and I just think he’s going to be too much.”

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 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

[B]Lets see if the old man can prove everyone wrong..... Myself included[/B]

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!!!!

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Tyrone Nurse Says Willie Limond Will Never Make it To Ricky Burns Arum Praises Pacquiao For Rejecting Offer To Fight in Olympics Roach Backs Canelo: Golovkin The Best, But Brings NO Money! Donnie Nietes, Raul Garcia Make Weight - Melindo is Way Over Photos: Shane Mosley, David Avanesyan Putting in Work For Battle Demetrius Andrade Focused: My Time's Gonna Come Photos/Weights: Jarrell Miller vs. Nick Guivas, Dela Torre, More Roach Feels Chavez Jr. - If in Shape - Could Test Gennady Golovkin Errol Spence: Vargas Will Need KO or Beat Brook's Ass To Win in UK Daniel Jacobs-Sergio Mora Rematch on The Horizon? Lucian Bute Reacts To Failed Drug Test, Will Open His B-Sample Bob Arum Offers To Stage Trump vs. Sanders Debate on PPV Cohen Feels Jarrell Miller is The Best Young American Heavyweight Deontay Wilder-Chris Arreola in Play For Summer Showdown Video: Joseph Diaz Discusses His Career, The Future, More Et Tu, Bute? Former Champ in Hot Water After Failing Drug Test Video: Sergio Mora Discusses Golovkin, Canelo, Jacobs, More Frank Warren: Not in a Million Years Does Eubank Jr. Beat Golovkin Phil Lo Greco-Joseph Elegele Tops PBC on Bounce, June 12th Lucian Bute Fails Drug Test, Positive For Ostarine in Jack Draw Gerald Washington: Deontay Wilder Title Fight is 'Very Possible' Abril, Foreman Broadway Boxing Double: Full Card Details Provodnikov's Promoter Not Surprised His Fighter Went To SHO Hedi Taouab, Legendary Matchmaker Passes Away at 68 Manny Pacquiao Declines Opportunity To Fight in Rio Olympics Photos: Wladimir Klitschko Putting in Work for Tyson Fury Rematch Photos: Tony Bellew, Ilunga Makabu Go Face To Face at Presser Roy Jones Jr. Backs Countryman Povetkin, Says He's Not To Blame Willie Limond Hopes To Land Ricky Burns Showdown Tony Bellew: I'll Show Makabu That I'm The Real Cruiserweight Nonito Donaire Headed To Jessie Magdaleno Clash Next? Shields: Canelo Running From Golovkin; Won't Face Jermall Charlo Eubank Jr: Canelo a Mexican Warrior? That Was Embarrassing! David Price Aims To Land Anthony Joshua Shot in The Fall Photos: Casimero, With Tyson and Jones at Ringside, Gets Revenge Di Rocco Warns Ricky Burns That Layoff Made Him 'More Hungry' Groves Plans To Get Martin Murray a Beer After Beating Him Kenny Lemos Inks Promotional Pact With Under Dawgs Boxing Chavez Jr. Advises Canelo To Demand '158' For Golovkin Bout Shakeup: John Riel Casimero Gives Flyweight a Fresh Spark
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement