October 15, 2011
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On May 21st of this year Bernard Hopkins went to Montreal and fought WBC light heavyweight champ and Canadian, Jean Pascal. At age 46, Hopkins beat Pascal by unanimous decision, in his own backyard and became the oldest boxer in history to win a world title surpassing the record previously held by George Foreman.
Tonight, Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) will attempt to become the oldest in boxing history to defend his championship belt. He will fight a boxer, in Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs), who is 17 years younger than him at age 29. If he beats him, the Executioner should take home fighter of the year honors in addition to stregthening his unique and strong legacy.
Dawson is regarded as a boxing technician. He has used a combination of precise punching and defense to pick apart opponents in the past. Since 2007, when he won his first and only light heavyweight title, Chad has built up his resume by disposing of a couple of the best light heavyweights of his time. He spent 2008 and 2009 beating Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver 2 times each. All four wins were by unanimous decision. Dawson will use his quickness and a tireless work rate to try and defeat the understandably slower Hopkins. The problem is not with his skills however, its with his heart. After his only career loss, last year against Jean Pacal, Chad admitted struggling for motivation to train for the fight and a lack of focus.
Bernard Hopkins has been one of the most focused professional boxers ever since he left prison back in 1988 after serving almost 5 years for multiple felony convictions. Hopkins lost his 1st professional fight on October 11, 1988. Think about that when you think about these facts. Hopkins became IBF middleweight champ in 1995. On September 29, 2001 at Madison Square Garden, the Executioner scored a TKO victory over Felix Trinidad and became the first undisputed middleweight champ since Marvelous Marvin Hagler in 1987. Then, on February 2nd of 2002, he defended his title for the 14th consecutive time with a TKO victory against Carl Daniels. This put him past Carlos Monzon’s previous record of 13, and he did’nt stop until he defended it 20 times. That is focus.
Bernard lost his middleweight title and a rematch, at the age of 40, to Jermain Taylor. Both fights were tight and could have gone either way. He has spent the last 6 years fighting at 175 pounds and has only lost once, to Joe Calzaghe, in a close split decision.
A boxer needs 3 things in order to be successful: focus, fitness and to be fierce. Hopkins brings focus and fitness to the ring, always. In his 3 losses since 2004, a lack of nastiness has cost him close decisions, nothing else. If he can bring the fierceness, he will floor the former champ and age.
Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins by unanimous decision in 12 over “Bad” Chad Dawson