Dawson Trainer Scully Thinks Hopkins Faked Injury

By Ryan Maquiñana

John Scully, trainer of light heavyweight contender Chad Dawson, has called into doubt the severity of Bernard Hopkins’ left shoulder injury that was a result of his fighter’s ill-fated matchup with the Philadelphian in October.

In an e-mail addressed to the media, Scully—a former light heavyweight title contender in his own right—explained his stance.  Here’s the message verbatim:

“Hopkins said in an interview yesterday he'd be sparring by January!!!!!! When I injured my shoulder in June of 1999 fight (supposedly not as bad as Hops did his) I wasn't able to spar for well over six months!! Four months after my injury (strained rotator cuff) I jumped in the water in Kissimmee, Florida and my shoulder felt like it was being torn out of the socket!! He's gonna' spar 3 months after an injury like that????!!???? BULLLLL SPIT!!!!!!!!!

“If this man spars anyone in January then, for me, it is PROOF POSITIVE that his injury is a complete fake job!! ASK ANY DOCTOR IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME!!”

Scully is likely referring to what Hopkins told’s David Greisman regarding the status of his shoulder, which was reportedly diagnosed by Dr. Sam Thurber of the California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles as a separation of the acromioclavicular (A-C) joint, which connects the collarbone and shoulder blade.

“I’m in rehab,” Hopkins said of his left shoulder.  “It’s 80 percent.  I’ll be 100 percent by January when I start boxing.”

The 46-year-old two-weight world champ has stated he will be in attendance next Tuesday for the California State Athletic Commission’s final ruling on the bout, which he hopes will be overturned from its current status as a second-round technical knockout for Dawson.

As for his WBC title belt, the sanctioning body decided to allow Hopkins to regain it by overruling the CSAC’s decision and calling the fight a technical draw.

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, and Ring Magazine’s Ratings Advisory Panel.  E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by edgarg on 12-09-2011

[QUOTE=Bee Keepz;11536355]You missed the part where Dawson clearly cuffed his leg, and gave him a shoulder shrug. I think, that's called single leg takedown in MMA. [IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] I'm glad you brought that up, because now i can say...have another look,…

Comment by edgarg on 12-09-2011

[QUOTE=comanick;11536349]Well i guess a 46 years old getting hurt after he was slammed is impossible according to some fans. Im sorry but from all the sports i watch, whenever someone gets taken off their feet or get their legs taken…

Comment by edgarg on 12-09-2011

[QUOTE=cordillera;11536264]i looked it up and a-c separation does actually take around 2 to 3 months to heal, depending on the grade of separation.[/QUOTE] The 1A degree of separation takes only a few weeks, and actually can be and many a…

Comment by edgarg on 12-09-2011

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;11536235]actually neither are at fault. Hopkins lunged in from the outside with a shot, dawson ducked making hopkins miss, the result was hopkins landing on the ducking Dawsons back. As Dawson rose up he lifted and slightly shoved hopkins off,…

Comment by throbk1974 on 12-09-2011

the wbc and athletic commission need to order a rematch! Dawson & Hopkins are the top 2 light heavyweights & need to settle who's 1 & 2.

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