Tuesday, December 20, 2011
B-Hop vs. Dawson, AGAIN?
A the WBC Convention, that concluded in Las Vegas Thursday, one of the many mandatory fights announced was a return bout between Bernard Hopkins and C had Dawson for the light heavyweight title that is with Hopkins.
Now the question is will Hopkins get into another tangle with Dawson? Hopkins, in a brief statement to this writer said, “There will be a major announcement soon.” He would not allude to who would be his next opponent, but the money says HBO would want to have rights to another Hopkins- Jean Pascal encounter.
Based on the first fight, which was ruled against Hopkins, then the title returned to him due to the WBC and California State Athletic Commission ruling a no contest, it makes sense for a second fight with Dawson.
Though a mandatory is usually the procedure when the sanctioning WBC calls for it, sometimes purse bids and politics get involved, that don’t make it happen. But this time, because Richard Schaefer and Golden Boy got the WBC to immediately review the first fight, it appears Hopkins may go with the plan. HBO has also expressed an interest in having a Hopkins- Pascal trilogy which may or may not sell as a pay-per-view fight.
Regardless, B-Hop continues to recover from the injured shoulder sustained in the Dawson fight, where an obvious push placed him on the canvas and caused a setback with his plans. Doctors have said Hopkins will be fit to fight within the next 90 days. The purse bids will come in, now that the WBC has made it official.
To which Hopkins said, “There is no quit in me. Does Dawson want to fight me again? That is what the public has to know.” Hopkins, the oldest fighter to hold a championship belt is elated that the WBC and California Commission made the right decision and expressed happy holiday wishes to all.