In the much-anticipated rematch bout, "the ageless wonder" Bernard Hopkins proved that age catches up with everyone, losing to Chad Dawson via a majority decision awarding Dawson the Ring and WBC light heavyweight crown.
The 47-year-old Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) made the 29-year-old Dawson (31-1, 18 KOs) fight his style of bout for the first few rounds, but Dawson soon took over around Round 4 after getting cut over his left eye by a Hopkins' headbutt.
The fight was a typical Hopkins fight—rough and physical—and we almost saw a repeat of their last fight, when Hopkins went down to the canvas—this time dragging Dawson down with him.
The referee was on top of the action, not letting it get too out of hand like the first, which helped the fight go the full 12-round distance.
The outcome will allow the image that was stuck in boxing fans minds after the WWE-like body slam that injured Hopkins shoulder, ending the first fight that took place in October of last year, to be all but erased from their minds.
The loss is the first one for Hopkins since losing to Joe Calzaghe in 2008, and it appears to be close to the end of the road for Hopkins and his Hall of Fame worthy career.
The win allowed Dawson to get his revenge on the executioner after the fiasco in their last fight and is a passing of the torch of sorts from the old legend Hopkins to the future of the division in Dawson.