Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson

Friday, April 27, 2012

Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, OK– (Showtime) Thomas Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Marcus Johnson (21-1, 15 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Oosthuizen 2 1/2 to 1. Computer says South African a level or two better.

Luis Del Valle (15-0, 11 KOs) vs. Christopher Martin (23-1-3, 6 KOs) Odds/Prediction: LDV 2-1. Going with favorite here as Martin can’t punch period!

Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX– (ESPN2) Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs) vs. Denis Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Ismayl 14-5. Battle of Russians in Texas. Taking fav & dropping $280 to win $380.
Javier Fortuna (18-0, 13 KOs) vs. Yuandale Evans (16-0, 12 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Fortuna 9-5. Doesn’t look esy on paper.

Resorts Casino, Atlantic City, NJYusaf Mack (29-4-2, 17 KOs) vs. Omar Sheika (32-11, 21 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Mack 9-5. Omar been around so long he was managed by Bill Cayton, Mike Tyson’s first manager, who died in 2003. Mack a disappointment and Omar’s a has been!
Derrick Webster (12-0, 7 KOs) vs. Sabou Ballogou (8-4, 3 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Webster 3-1 in this battle of an up and comer and a never-was!

Echo Arena, Liverpool, EnglandTony Bellew (16-1, 10 KOs) vs. Danny McIntosh (13-2, 7 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Bellew 11-5. Will go with fav here to the tune of $1,10 to win $1,600.

Club Sportlife, Kiev, UkraineViktor Postol (17-0, 9 KOs) vs. Jose Lopez (15-1-1, ( KOs) Odds/Prediction: Lopez 8-5. Mexican has fed on better beef! Still, he will need to destroy Ukranian at home to get a draw!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ– (HBO) Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) vs. Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) (WBC 175 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: 11-5 Dawson. If Dawson can’t win this conviningly, the Delaware native should retire. I think Hopkins will look to survive or find a soft spot to lay down!
Seth Mitchell (28-0, 18 KOs) vs. Chazz Witherspoon (30-2, 21 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Seth 3-1. “House” fighter hard to beat here!

Palacio de Los Deportes, Mexico City, MXJhonny Gonzalez (51-7, 45 KOs) vs. Elio Rojas (23-1, 13 KOs) (WBC 126 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Gonzalez 8-5. Going wth kid whose name was mispelled on birth certificate (according to his parents) here. But I wouldn’t bet your money as Gonzalez is nothing to write home about.
Juan Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KOs) vs. Martin Honorio (32-6-1, 13 KOs) (IBF 130 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Salgado 2-1. Juan has had a better run of late!

Fairplex, Pomona, CARoman Gonzalez (31-0, 25 KOs) vs. Ramon Hirales (16-3-1, 9 KOs) (WBA 108 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Gonzalez 14-5. Gonzalez better period! Wil drop $2,800 to win $3,800.

Santa Ana Star Casino, Albuquerque, NM– (Telefutura) Fidel Maldonado (13-0, 11 KOs) vs. Fernando Carcamo (9-3, 6 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Fidel 11-5. Staying wit undefeated lad to stay that way!

Pedro Fernandez


  • Ugly unapealling nobody really wants but it has to happen for integrity reasons. No way Dawson should have gotten the title in that manner, but there’s also no way Hopkins should keep it without a rematch, so one of these two can lose the title properly.

    Hopkin’s body giving out (hello 48!) in the last fight is a bad omen as well as his uncharacteristic response to it, it also looked in the first 3 rounds that Dawson might be to big for hopkins to work an inside game effectively which takes away another avenue for him to win.

    On the other hand, it’s not all black & white – all things considered the first three rounds vs Dawson didn;t go nearly as bad as the early rounds of both fights vs. Pascal where he was wobbled a few times, and he went on to draw & win with the guy who after all beat Dawson, so if Hopkins hasn’t deteriorated any farther, he might be able to do the same tonight.

    However, the deeper issue is that Hopkins seems to lose confidence when facing these “all round athlete” types (see Taylor) and is slightly psyched out from the beginning. I think it will turn out to be a negative effort by both guys with Dawson taking a decision, if for nothing else than looking more the part – and hey. if Hopkis is willing to buy it, why not the judges.

  • T Bone McScrawley

    What is your prediction for Malignaggi vs Senchenko Pedro? Paulie might need a KO for a draw, and that ain’t gonna happen!

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