Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson are ready to end this long, drawn-out chapter in their boxing careers.
It was October 15th of last year when Dawson lifted Hopkins in the air and threw him on the mat, causing his shoulder to separate.
This caused the fight to be called in the second round and Dawson was awarded a TKO, taking away Hopkins' light heavyweight title.
In December, the California State Athletic Commission overturned the TKO and declared the fight a no contest. Of course, both fighters have different views on the ruling and what happened the night of the fight.
Also, Dawson claimed that Hopkins faked his shoulder injury to stop the fight early.
The fight clearly shows what happens as Dawson lifts Hopkins off the mat. Whether Hopkins started it or not is not the problem: The fact that Dawson lifted the light heavyweight champion off the ground and caused him to get hurt is a good reason to declare a no contest.
Fans that paid for the match did not get what they paid for because of the fight ending prematurely.
However, this drama has caused the bout to attract more attention and should be a fight for the ages since both sides now have bad blood.
The bad blood continued to grow when Dawson appeared on boxingscene.com's official radio show The Boxing Lab and stated the following. "Like I've said before, I've been in the ring over 30 times and stared in the eyes of many fighters. I looked into Hopkins eyes and I saw he didn't want to fight and he wanted to quit."
Hopkins is 47 years old so the possibility of him not wanting to fight was a possibility. However, it seems clear that he was hurt and could not continue the fight. With his future up in the air this could be Hopkins' last fight, meaning more intensity will be added.
Dawson may very well send Hopkins into retirement just like he plans to do. However, this fight has been built up for so long and has gone through two decisions. Now it is time to put closure to his fight and this rivalry.
It should be a fight that is full of intensity and anger. Don't miss out.