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Shaw, Dawson: Hopkins Mind Games Are Not Working

By Keith Idec
 
NEW YORK — Chad Dawson has definitely grown tired of hearing Bernard Hopkins speak.

That was pretty much inevitable following press conferences in Los Angeles and New York on back-to-back days. Still, Dawson was noticeably restless as he sat on the dais and listened to Hopkins’ speech at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

Among other things, Hopkins, 46, said that comparing resumes with Dawson, 29, is like looking at the accomplishments of a Harvard graduate and a community college student.

Dawson didn’t dwell on much of what Hopkins said, however, and assured anyone that thinks otherwise that boxing’s master of mind games won’t get in his head as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career.

“I don’t fall for that stuff,” Dawson said. “[Antonio] Tarver tried to play the whole mind game. It didn’t work. He had to get in the ring at the end of the night and fight. It didn’t work out. If you saw the rematch, he didn’t say anything. So I squashed that bug.

“Everybody knows Bernard Hopkins. Everybody knows he’s great for the sport. He’s a talker. He talks. That’s what he does. But at the end of the day, he has to get in the ring and he has to fight.”

That won’t happen for another two months. It was time Tuesday to deliver messages before both boxers head to their respective training camps for an Oct. 15 main event at Staples Center in Los Angeles (HBO Pay-Per-View).

Gary Shaw, Dawson’s promoter, guaranteed Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs, 1 NC) during Tuesday’s press conference that Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs, 1 NC) won’t be bothered by Hopkins’ trash talk. Hopkins had some success drawing emotion from Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs), before Hopkins out-pointed Pascal on May 21 in Montreal to become the oldest boxer in the sport’s history to win a legitimate world championship.

“Bernard, with all due respect, you’re not getting in Chad’s head,” Shaw said. “It ain’t happening. That’s good for Pascal in Canada. We’re going to be in California, and when the bell rings Chad’s going to jump your ass right from the beginning bell. You know that and your trainer knows that.

“This is not going to be one of those fights where you’re going to hold and grab and whatever. He’s going to be out there, you’re going to be looking at that southpaw and you know how you feel about southpaws, because I’m sure you remember Joe Calzaghe.”

Hopkins lost a 12-round split decision to Wales’ Calzaghe (46-0, 32 KOs) three years ago in Las Vegas, but he has gone 12-1 against southpaws during his 22-year pro career.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 08-12-2011

[QUOTE=Dave Rado;10972428]If Dawson allows it to be a chess match he'll lose. Hopkins is one of the most intelligent fighters in history. But Hopkins is vulnerable to fighters with good lateral movement and a [B]high workrate, and that has to…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 08-12-2011

[QUOTE=1prodz;10970631]This fight is about as interesting as watching paint dry. [B]Dawson should fight like a man and go for the KO[/B], it's obvious Hopkins only has the power to KO guys that are Jr. middleweights and that is even suspect!!!!!!!!.…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 08-12-2011

[QUOTE=Gary Coleman;10969676][B]Dawson should win this fight[/B]. I can see it going the way of Hopkins/Taylor I with Chad not getting quite as winded as Jermaine did.[/QUOTE] Tarver should have won, so should have Pavlik, and so should have Pascal. The…

Comment by Dave Rado on 08-10-2011

[QUOTE=LegendOfLink;10972292]Thats stupid, Dawson will lose if he just tries to KO Hopkins. No one has ever KO'd bhop. It's not going to happen. This fight is going to be a chess match. And yes its going to be boring similar…

Comment by uoykcuf on 08-10-2011

[QUOTE=1prodz;10970631]This fight is about as interesting as watching paint dry. Dawson should fight like a man and go for the KO[/QUOTE] Thats stupid, Dawson will lose if he just tries to KO Hopkins. No one has ever KO'd bhop. It's…

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