Hopkins vs. Dawson Results: Why Bernard Shouldn't Retire After Defeat

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIApril 29, 2012

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 28:  Bernard Hopkins (black trunks) and Chad Dawson (grey trunks) trade punches during their WBC & Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Title fight at Boardwalk Hall Arena on April 28, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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One more fight. One more fight for the 47-year-old Bernard Hopkins isn't too much to ask for despite being around the half-century mark in age, right?

There is nothing better than retiring on top after a hard-fought victory. Hopkins should fight somebody a little closer to his age (mid-30s) even if he knows he isn't challenging himself like he thinks he should.

A victory is a victory.

He looked old, slow and worn down by the 29-year-old Dawson who won Saturday night in a majority decision of 117-111, 117-111 and 114-114.

Is that how he wants his career to end? Does he want people to remember how slow and old he looked against a quality fighter?

After a long and promising career, I don't think I would be able to focus on anything else but that final match. Despite the accolades, I wouldn't think of anything but that final defeat.

Maybe Hopkins thinks about it differently because he did have a prestigious career, and of course, he is 47 years old.

There's no denying the career Hopkins had (52-6, 32 KO), but I believe he has one more fight in him. He should look for a fight with somebody who is closer to his age, maybe a little less skillful and somebody who Hopkins truly believes he can defeat.

Hopkins shouldn't end his career on a down note, if he decides to go that route. He has one more fight left in him, and more importantly, he has one more win left in him.