October 15th, 2011 By Kevin Perry
BOXING’S TRULY THE THEATRE OF THE UNEXPECTED!
Los Angeles, CA- “Bad”Chad Dawson (31-1, 18*KOs) vs. Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs), in a bout for the WBC light heavyweight (175 lb.) title, turned out worse than what the boxing pundits expected. After an uneventful round 1, Chad Dawson slammed Hopkins while in a clinch at 2:48 seconds into round 2. Clearly in the replay it appeared to be a foul, although unintentional. Hopkins seemed to have hurt his shoulder due to the unexpected fall. However in a controversial turn of events, Dawson wins by TKO because Hopkins could not continue. An examination at a local hospital revealed a serious shoulder-collarbone injury, thus Hopkins was not faking it as Dawson claimed.
Golden Boy promotions plans to file a protest with the California State Athletic Commission in regards to the decision rendered. Dawson who rightfully wanted to win the fight the honorable way said to Bernard when he was on the canvas, “Hopkins you’re a p****. You ain’t a gangster. Because a gangster would get up and fight!” At the post fight press conference the new WBC champion stated, ”I wanted to thank Hopkins for making it an easy fight for me.”
In a fabulous round 11 Mexico’s Antonio De Marco (25-2-1, 19 KOs)came back from a huge deficit on the scorecards to stop batter an already bloodied Jorge Linares (31-2, 20 KOs) to win the vacant WBC lightweight (135) title. Linares, a Venezuelan now boxing out of trainer Freddie Roach’s famed Wild Card Gym, outboxed De Marco throughout most of the contest, however the Mexican was game. Linares, who had cuts on the bridge of the nose and eye, took a lot of clean shots in round 11, but fought back bravely. Close to the end of the round after taking a number of clean shots the referee halted the contest. “This is a fairy tale story after eating out of the garbage… This night is my dream come true. From the bottom of my heart I say to never stop fighting for your dreams.” said De Marco after the victory.
OTHER UNDERCARD RESULTS
Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) won a split decision over former WBO 140lb champion Kendall Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) in a junior welterweight contest. Scores were 117-111 twice for Garcia, and 115-113 for Holt. Garcia dominated the bout with more activity and the cleaner punches. Holt landed his share but was reluctant to let his hands go. The 115-113 card for Holt is clearly off base as Garcia won easily.
Former 140lb titleholder Paulie Malignaggi(30-4, 6KOs), of Brooklyn, NY won a unanimous decision over Orlando Lara (28-2-1,19 KOs) of Mexico in a welterweight(147lb) bout.
In his first and last fight, Dewey Bozella (1-0),recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2011 ESPY’s, won a unanimous decision over Larry Hopkins (0-4) in a 4 round cruiserweight (200) bout. Bozella made his boxing debut after a 26 year long prison sentence for a crime he did not commit and was released in 2009 after new evidence proved his innocence.