Hopkins vs. Dawson Results: Poor Showing Proves "B-Hop" Should Retire

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 28:  Chad Dawson (grey trunks) trades punches with Bernard Hopkins (black trunks) 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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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2012

Bernard Hopkins recently lost in a majority decision for a much younger Chad Dawson, and his lousy performance in the ring is an indication it's time to call it a career. 

At the age of 47, Hopkins has seen great success in the boxing world and while it's tough to stop doing the only thing you've ever known, he will only continue to embarrass himself if he keeps fighting. 

Sure, "B-Hop" may want to get revenge or to try and prove that the loss to Dawson was a fluke, but it's just not worth it. 

Not every great star gets to go out on top, and that's the harsh reality. Trying to keep at it when you just don't have it anymore only makes matters worse.

"B-Hop" shouldn't want to be remembered as that great fighter that just didn't know when to quit, making himself look worse with each new attempt to win a fight so he can call it a career after a win. 

Both Hopkins and Dawson gave the fans a less than entertaining match, as there were few meaningful blows exchanged. 

Still, Dawson shined brighter, working harder and landing more hits, which resulted in the victory. He's now the WBC & The Ring Light Heavyweight title holder and his career should take off in a major way moving forward. 

As for Hopkins, he needs to forget about this loss and focus on the glory days. He's had a stellar run in the boxing world and retiring after a loss isn't a bad thing, but rather quite intelligent of a fighter to know when it's time to hang it up. 


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