Dawson dethrones Hopkins

2012-04-29 12:32

Atlantic City, New Jersey - Chad Dawson took the World Boxing Council light heavyweight crown from veteran former champ Bernard Hopkins with a majority decision on Saturday at the Boardwalk Hall arena.

Dawson improved to 31-1 with 17 knockouts as he won the rematch of their controversial clash in Los Angeles in October by scores of 117-111 on two of the judges' scorecards. The third judge scored it even, 114-114.

The biggest question now for the 47-year-old Hopkins is if this marked the final fight of his Hall of Fame career.

Hopkins' age began to show, starting from the sixth and seventh rounds as Dawson became the aggressor.

The early rounds Saturday were marked by a bad cut Dawson suffered in the fourth over his left eye as a result of an accidental head butt from Hopkins.

The cut brought Dawson's corner into play as they battled successfully to stop the bleeding between each round.

An incident at the end of the fifth round recalled their fight in October. As the bell sounded to end the round, Dawson grabbed Hopkins with both hands around the waist and swung him across the ring and almost through the ropes.

Hopkins returned the favour with one minute left in the 11th round by wrestling Dawson to the floor as the fight deteriorated and the clinches started to outnumber the punches.

Hopkins, who fell to 52-6-2 with 32 knockouts, was seeking to defend his title against Dawson six months after their first title clash was cut short in round two as Dawson lifted Hopkins by the leg and tried to throw him to the canvas.

The fight was halted with Hopkins saying he suffered a left shoulder dislocation. Referee Pat Russell awarded the fight to Dawson, saying no foul was committed, but the result was overturned to a no-decision and the rematch ordered.