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Schaefer Could See Hopkins-Cleverly - if Bernard Chooses

By Keith Idec

ATLANTIC CITY — Bernard Hopkins mentioned Lucian Bute early Sunday morning as a potential opponent who might motivate him enough to continue his Hall-of-Fame career.

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive officer Richard Schaefer thinks another undefeated champion from Europe makes sense for the 47-year-old legend to fight, too.

“It’s going to be totally up to him,” Schaefer told BoxingScene.com after Hopkins dropped a 12-round majority decision to Chad Dawson in their light heavyweight championship rematch at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night. “I could see him, for example, challenging for the WBO world title against Nathan Cleverly.”

Cleverly (24-0, 11 KOs) is becoming an attraction in his native Wales and a fight against Hopkins probably would do big business there. The 25-year-old Cleverly isn’t nearly as talented as the Romanian-born Bute (30-0, 24 KOs), either, so traveling to Wales to challenge him might be more appealing to Hopkins than returning to Bute’s adopted hometown of Montreal if that opportunity presented itself later this year.

“There are many possibilities there for [Hopkins],” Schaefer said. “But really, at the end of the day it’s his decision and he’s going to have to decide what he wants to do.

“But the fact is he still is the biggest name in the light heavyweight division and some of those people who felt he was going to embarrass himself, I think that they were not right because Bernard Hopkins did not embarrass himself [Saturday night]. He fought a good fight.”

Schaefer also thought the Dawson-Hopkins fight was closer than judges Richard Flaherty and Steve Weisfeld scored it (117-111).

“I thought the [117-111 score] was a bit too wide,” Schaefer said. “It wasn’t that wide of a decision. I’m not saying Hopkins won. I’m not saying that. I’m just saying that was a bit too wide.”

Nevertheless, Schaefer believes Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs, 2 NC) silenced some of the critics who thought that his rematch against the faster, stronger, younger Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs, 2 NC) wouldn’t be remotely competitive.

“I think it was a terrific performance,” Schaefer said. “You have to remember, Chad Dawson could be his son. I think Bernard turned in a great performance. He certainly still is one of the top light heavyweights, no question about it. And I think he can give everybody a tough night.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SAJ10 on 05-01-2012

Come on dude, that's just wrong. Using his legend tag he's been allowed to hang about the top far longer than his physical abilities merit. Dawson's the only fight he's lost since Calzaghe and even then the rounds were close…

Comment by sicko on 04-30-2012

[QUOTE=Fish_Scotland;12061837]If by man handle you mean jump on his back, clinch and butt then I've absolutely no doubt your right.[/QUOTE] YEAP! That is exactly what I mean, Cleverly won't be able to handle or deal with B-Hop negative tactics like…

Comment by I Love Jesus! on 04-30-2012

[QUOTE=Fish_Scotland;12061828]Yes he did but only because Pascal lacked a pulse....[/QUOTE] good enough to beat dawson though? when are you going to make a little sense?

Comment by I Love Jesus! on 04-30-2012

[QUOTE=Fish_Scotland;12061360]2 fights? I don't get what people get out of watching any of Hopkins fights. Clinch, butt, hold, fain injury and generally he fights the most boring a*s style ever as he's just not got it and hasn't had it…

Comment by I Love Jesus! on 04-30-2012

[QUOTE=Fish_Scotland;12061185]Come on dude, that's just wrong. Using his legend tag he's been allowed to hang about the top far longer than his physical abilities merit.[/QUOTE] wht do you mean allowed. he whipped pascal ass fair and square for the title.…

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