April 25th, 2012 By John Signorella
BERNARD HOPKINS FINALLY TOO OLD FOR CHAD DAWSON?
New York, NY– 2012‘s stacked schedule of intrigue continues this weekend and is highlighted with 47-year-old “Hall of Fame” bound WBC light heavyweight (175) champion Bernard ‘the Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) attempt to defend his crown against former belt holder “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) in a rematch of their dud from last year. Coverage from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey begins Saturday at 10:15 PM ET on HBO.
SAME OL’, SAME…OLD?
Before stinking out the joint due to a shoulder injury prompting a no contest verdict in his last bout against Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest man in the history of “athletic” sports (sans golf) to win a championship. During that historic accomplishment, Hopkins showed the brilliance that highlighted his career by systematically dethroning former light heavyweight (175 lbs) belt holder Jean Pascal in a rematch of their original controversial scrap (Draw 12). Before establishing such accolade, for the better part of the past 23 years, Hopkins has been calling out the biggest names in the sport while most of the time defiantly kicking their ass in the process. The boxing world took notice of the bombastic talents of Hopkins when he displayed a masterpiece performance against Felix Trinidad (W KO 12).
LIST OF GUYS ‘NARD BEAT LOOKS IMPRESSIVE
After his artistic beat down over Trinidad, Bernard’s take no prisoners back alley brawling style had allowed him to go “toe-to-toe” with (and whip) world elite combatants such as Oscar De La Hoya (W KO 9), Antonio Tarver (W UD 12), Winky Wright (W UD 12), Kelly Pavlik (W UD 12), and Roy Jones (W UD 12) with relative ease. On the contrary, as seen in performances where he had elected to fight in spurts against the likes of Joe Calzaghe (L SD 12), Jermain Taylor (L SD 12, L UD 12), and Roy Jones (L UD 12, in their first fight); Bernard has a tendency to become complaisant, over analyze his foe, and get out hustled. Coming into Saturday’s fight, Hopkins has eight wins against four losses, one draw, and one no contest in his last 14 bouts (1 KO).
CHAD’S GOOD BUT HE NEEDS TO GET BAD
Possessing a difficult to deal with southpaw style, Chad Dawson lit up the light heavyweight ranks and broke into top contention. Dawson then responded to the challenges of competing at the highest level of the game in impressive fashion by defeating admirable foes such as Eric Harding (W UD 12), Tomasz Adamek (W UD 12), Glen Johnson (W UD 12, twice), and Antonio Tarver (W UD 12, twice). Having walked away from such insurmountable tasks unsaved, Chad showed he was human in a controversial losing effort against Jean Pascal (L TD 11). Postmortem; in a lackluster performance, Dawson out boxed formidable tough guy Adrian Diaconu (W UD 12). Chad’s most recent affair was the aforementioned waste of everyone’s time against Bernard Hopkins (NC 2).
SIZING ‘EM UP & PREDICTION
In consideration of Bernard’s experience, knowledge, athleticism, attitude, determination, and accomplishments, one would figure this should be a “no brainer” and history in the future will favor for the “old man”. However (as mentioned earlier), Hopkins can at times perform listless and flat. Luckily for Bernard that on those occasions where he seemed “off”, he wasn’t facing young power punchers or the type of fighters that can “pull the trigger” when they “smell blood” and “go for the kill”. Make no mistake, I’m not comparing Dawson to the type of assassin that a prime Mike Tyson was; by all means he is not. But Chad is young, powerful, hungry, and eager to redeem himself from previous disappointments in the ring. While strength isn’t everything in the ring (especially when facing such an adversary as Bernard who most believe enjoys the better crafted boxing ability than Dawson); I feel that raw youthful strength is Chad’s only serious chance at a win here which I think he will achieve Dawson (W TKO 10).
HEAVYWEIGHT “HOPEFUL” UNDERNEATH
Entertaining up and coming American heavyweight scrapper Seth “Mayhem” Micthell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) battles veteran Chazz “the Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) in a scheduled 10 rounder.
TONS OF “OTHER” ACTION TO TRANSPIRE
Folks, there are a plethora of other cards to check out this weekend as well, below is list of boxing action commencing Friday and typified on Sunday.
Friday, April 27th ESPN2 @ 10 PM ET: Power punching light heavyweight’s Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs) and Denis Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOS) collide in a slated 10 rounds of pound.
Friday, April 27th Showtime @ 11 PM ET: Dangerous Thomas Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) squares off against slick Marcus Johnson (21-1, 15 KOs) in a proposed 10 round clash in the super middleweight (168) division.
Sunday, April 28th PPV @ 1 PM ET: WBA welterweight (147) strap carrier Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-1, 21 KOs) looks to defend his title against former belt holder Paulie Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) over 12 or less rounds.