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Shaw: Bernard Hopkins Does Not Want To Fight Dawson

By Keith Idec

Gary Shaw knows one wish Bernard Hopkins won’t make when he blows out the candles during his 47th birthday celebration Sunday.

“I don’t think Hopkins wanted to fight Chad then,” Shaw said, referring to their Oct. 15 fight, “and I don’t believe Hopkins wants to fight him now. I always thought Chad was superior and that was the one guy Hopkins didn’t want to face.”

The inconclusive nature of their farcical first fight three months ago begs for a rematch between the elite light heavyweights. Shaw, who promotes Dawson, just doesn’t see it happening, especially now that the California State Athletic Commission changed the official result on Hopkins’ record from a second-round technical knockout defeat to a no-contest.

“I think he’s going to try to fight [Lucian] Bute, and he’ll have to give up his [WBC] belt,” Shaw said. “That’s what I think. Then the WBC will strip him. Then we would go fight [Jean] Pascal or Tavoris Cloud.”

Shaw would favor Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) over Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs) as Dawson’s opponent for a spring bout because of the history between Dawson, of New Haven, Conn., and Pascal, of Laval, Quebec.

Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs, 2 NC) clearly defeated Pascal in their rematch May 21 in Montreal, but Pascal upset Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs, 2 NC) in their August 2010 fight in Montreal, which led to the first infamous fight between Hopkins and Pascal nearly 13 months ago in Quebec City. The Hopkins-Pascal rematch, necessitated by a maligned majority draw, was allowed under the condition that the winner fight Dawson in his next bout.

Hopkins’ win set up a light heavyweight title fight many boxing observers believe Hopkins had avoided in previous years. It ended dubiously because Hopkins said he couldn’t continue due to a shoulder injury he sustained when Dawson hurled Hopkins off his back and onto the canvas at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Referee Pat Russell initially ruled that Dawson won by TKO, but the CSAC correctly changed the result to a no-contest at its December meeting. The WBC previously declared that Hopkins remained its 175-pound champion, even before the ruling officially was changed.

“I think Hopkins faked it,” Shaw said. “He’s a master at it. I have a lot of respect for him. He’s had a storied career, but he didn’t want to be in that ring.”

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 ИATAS on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=sicko;11665288]come on...KEEP IT REAL...B-Hop never wanted to fight Dawson, only reason why he did it was to keep a promise/commitment because Dawson stepped aside and allowed B-Hop to get his rematch with Pascal I am a fan of B-Hop, he…

Comment by Weebler I on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=djtmal;11664224]B.Hop fans are the realist? lol ...explain daggum to me....[/QUOTE] I could be wrong but I think daggum is more of a Calzaghe hater than a B-Hop fan, either way Hopkins is done, he should come to Wales and lose…

Comment by sicko on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;11664773]can you explain to me how hopkins has avoided the rematch? Please humor me with specifics.[/QUOTE] come on...KEEP IT REAL...B-Hop never wanted to fight Dawson, only reason why he did it was to keep a promise/commitment because Dawson stepped aside…

Comment by ИATAS on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=sicko;11664248] Dawson would have whooped him back 2-3 years ago when he was calling him out...and Dawson would beat him now by UD! If that is not true...then why the FUK is B-Hop avoiding a rematch?[/QUOTE] can you explain to…

Comment by sicko on 01-13-2012

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;11663327]lets not get too extreme ok?!?...Chad [B]does[/B] fit the mold of the type of fighter B.Hop has lost to...but that other ish...c'mon son!![/QUOTE] BOTTOM LINE...B-Hop would have gotten his OLD A$$ picked apart, that is why he punked out with…

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