Hopkins vs Dawson Predictions: Why the Executioner Will Score Upset of Bad Chad

Christopher AmickCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Bernard Hopkins (center) watches a video replay of his fall and shoulder injury against Chad Dawsonas ice is applied to his injury after their WBC and Ring Magzine light heavyweight title fight at Staples Center on October 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Hopkins was unable to continue as Dawson was awarded a second round TKO.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Bernard Hopkins has made a career out of saying yes while others say no. Hopkins will do the same when he upsets Chad Dawson in their rematch on Saturday.

Their first fight ended in controversial fashion when Dawson and Hopkins came out of a clinch, only to have Hopkins fall and land awkwardly on his shoulder.

The fight was stopped and eventually ruled a no-contest after the dust settled, but bad blood remains between the two.

Dawson and many others claim that Hopkins was faking his injury.

Casual boxing fans may not have high interest in this bout, but Hopkins has a way of turning his fights into must-see television.

Hopkins not only finds away to gain attention, but he will also pull off a dramatic upset and here's how he will make it happen.

 

Experience

Hopkins is the epitome of crafty veteran, and knows every trick and nuance in the book.

If he uses his defensive prowess to keep the fight close, Hopkins can find a way to sneak out with a victory by decision.

 

Going the Distance

LAS VEGAS - APRIL 02:  Boxer Bernard Hopkins poses on the scale during the official weigh-in for his bout against Roy Jones Jr. at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a light heavyweight bout on April 3
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The Executioner has made a living out of winning by decision in his career and Dawson isn't revered as a true knockout artist, only stopping two of his last 11 opponents.

This will make it hard for Dawson to manage a win against Hopkins unless he completely outclasses him for 12 rounds.

Hopkins has had trouble against some versatile left-handers, but if he lasts the full fight, he should come out on top.

 

The Common Opponent Factor

Jean Pascal is the only true blemish on the record for Dawson. The fact that Hopkins has fought Pascal twice and came out with a draw and a victory counts for something.

Its never quite as simple as that, but Pascal was leading all cards when a accidental bloody headbutt ended his fight with Dawson in Round 11.

 

Against All Odds

There have been scientific studies in some sports that have determined that there is no such thing as a "clutch performer," but Bernard Hopkins defies all logic when his back is against the wall.

Hopkins claimed a world title at 46 against Pascal, a fighter nearly 20 years his prior, and even won in the home country of the champion.

He also overcame a very seedy past in which he served hard time in prison when he was 18. Hopkins used boxing as an escape and then proceeded to rule the Middleweight division in the late 1990s. 

If anyone can overcame a younger, faster and stronger opponent to sneak out of Atlantic City with a victory, it's Hopkins and he would be defying all odds, yet again.