Chad Dawson (31-1, 18 KOs) won the WBC light-heavyweight title by stopping 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins (52-6-3) for the first time in his boxing career by a controversial shoulder shove in the second round that lifted Hopkins off his feet causing him to land awkwardly on the canvas and unable to continue the fight.
Hopkins seemed to be in pain on the canvas and telling referee Pat Russell that his left shoulder was hurt from the fall. The fight was stopped and referee Pat Russell said that Dawson didn’t commit any foul on Hopkins and it was an unintentional push or throw. The fight was officially ruled a TKO since Bernard Hopkins was unable to continue.
After the fight Chad Dawson was angered by Bernard Hopkins saying that Bernard quit and was faking an injury so he could get a DQ win in his favor. Dawson when asked if he would give Hopkins a rematch said “No,” and that he would like a rematch with Jean Pascal of Canada to clear the only loss from his record.
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