The California State Athletic Commission has overturned Bernard Hopkins' controversial TKO loss suffered at the hands(or shoulders) of Chad Dawson to a no decision.The Light Heavyweight bout took place on October 15 in the Staples Center.
In the second round of a briefly physical fight, Hopkins was slammed down to the canvas from a shoulder throw by Dawson. The ref never penalized Dawson with a point deduction. Instead he actually awarded Dawson with the TKO win along with the Light Heavyweight title. Hopkins visited the California Hospital Medical Center in LA after the fight and was diagnosed with a separation of the collar bone and shoulder blade. Hopkins was robbed.
Hopkins was quoted saying: "Justice was served today. I am thrilled that the California State Athletic Commission did the right thing and removed that loss from my record. Mistakes happen, but what you do to fix those mistakes is what counts.
"The footage of the fight that was reviewed over and over again, proved to be the key testimony," Hopkins continued. "I think it came down to the tape. Both of our sides were making good points, but it was a dinner without a turkey. The tape was the turkey. I am happy this ordeal is over. Now I can focus on continuing to rehab my shoulder and get ready to fight again, hopefully early next year. I will start my usual boxing routine in a couple of weeks and get ready to defend my titles again."
Dawson quickly pointed out he wouldn't give Hopkins a rematch. Who knows if we'll ever see one. Nevertheless Bernard Hopkins is still the Light Heavyweight Champion of the world. The old man keeps on rolling.
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