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Dawson Stops Hopkins, Freak Ending in Two Rounds

By Chris LaBate

Staples Center, Los Angeles - Chad Dawson (31-1, 18KOs) stopped Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32KOs) in the second round to capture the WBC light heavyweight title. The outcome was very freakish and controversial.

After a first round where neither guy did much, the second round was also turning into a stinker. During the second, Dawson lifted Hopkins when they were clinched on the inside. Hopkins charged in and was hovering over Dawson and leaned on his back. Dawson pushed him off in a tackle-like format, Hopkins went down hard near the ropes. He told the referee that he hurt his left shoulder and couldn't continue. The referee ruled it as a technical knockout because there wasn't a foul and Hopkins couldn't continue the fight.

There was a lot of confusion at the end and both sides were yelling at each other in the ring. In the end, the referee stood his ground and left the ending as a TKO win for Dawson.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lawtonv9 on 10-17-2011

[QUOTE=Double_L;11298271]I feel sorry for anyone who paid for this PPV solely for the main event. Undercard was solid but casual fans who only wanted the main event got burned REALLY bad. Definite black eye for boxing.[/QUOTE]well it was a risky…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 10-16-2011

[QUOTE=FLY TY;11300673].....and not landing a single punch. hopkins won round 1 & round 2 was even, as neither guy landed anything. bottom line, it was the wrong call by the ref, but more importantly, it makes boxing look really bad…

Comment by Mr. Invincible on 10-16-2011

[QUOTE=Cash Cow;11299320][CENTER][B]@30 sec :alcoholic[/B][/CENTER][/QUOTE] The slow mo replay clearly showed that the shot was on the beltline and nowhere near Hopkins' junk. He was faking. Period.

Comment by Mr. Invincible on 10-16-2011

[QUOTE=S.J. II;11299284]Are you saying Bernard has cried wolf so many times that no one believes him anymore?[/QUOTE] That's exactly the case. End of thread.

Comment by Mr. Invincible on 10-16-2011

[QUOTE=Cupocity303;11299280][SIZE="3"]Your original post was hinged on results that happened (or didn't happen) in Australia. They have a sh1tty commission on Boxing that doesn't compare to any of the U.S. commissions, who were host to 100's of Championship fights. And I…

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