On October 15th, 2011 Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, 52 -5-2 (32 KO), will make history once again in his already legendary career. How? By being the oldest man in boxing history to defend a legitimate title. At 46 yrs old Hopkins is set to fight former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion “Bad” Chad Dawson 30-1 (17 KO). This fight looks to be another systematic chess match that we’ve come to respect from both Dawson and Hopkins.
In Dawson’s last fight, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Canada’s Adrian Diaconu. The match saw Chad boxing at a slow pace and dictating most of the action, although he had moments in the fight, down the stretch, where he didn’t look to have his head in the match. This allowed Diaconu to have sporadic moments of success which caused the bout to be much closer than should have been.
Hopkins’ last outing was historical to say the least. He fought Jean Pascal, another resident of Canada. It was a rematch that was made to set the record straight about their controversial first meeting, in which judges ruled it a majority draw. Hopkins let Pascal attack for the first four rounds which caused Pascal to spend his energy early and had Hopkins being the aggressor for the remainder of the fight. At 46 yrs young “The Executioner” became the oldest man in boxing history to win a legitimate title.
This fight looks to be a chess match of true skill between two extremely smart pugilists. Both men have a common opponent, in recently mentioned Jean Pascal. In Dawson’s fight against Pascal, “Bad” Chad came up short and lost his WBC Light Heavyweight title via a 11 round technical decision (head butt). Hopkins, on the other hand, out boxed, out smarted, out worked, and completely took Jean Pascal to school. The only blemish for Hopkins in those two fights would be the two knockdowns he suffered early in their first match.
The fight starts out close and is fought at a slow pace. The action picks up mid rounds. It will be Hopkins’ counter right hand and left jab against Dawson’s quick accurate combinations. Bernard starts to dominate Chad by the ninth. Match ends in a 12 round unanimous decision victory for Bernard Hopkins.
- E. Ortiz
- Date: 8/6/11
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