Hopkins vs. Dawson Knockout: Bizzare Bout Leaves Another Black Eye on Boxing

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Bernard Hopkins (R) throws a punch at Chad Dawson in their WBC and Ring Magzine light heavyweight title fight at Staples Center on October 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Dawson was awarded a second round TKO after Hopkins injured his shoulder.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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When a title is on the line it is supposed to be the best fight for that weight class.

When Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson met up to fight with the WBC Light Heavyweight title on the line it was not breathtaking or tantalizing. Instead it was just controversial.

Fans got to enjoy a good old first round of feeling each other out. Hopkins and Dawson tried to figure out the style fighter the other is so that it can be capitalized on.

That’s well and fun and if you are a fan of the technical side of boxing, but it certainly did not hold too much excitement for the average onlooker.

In the second round though the bout ended with a TKO of Bernard Hopkins.

Hopkins strangely fell onto Chad Dawson’s shoulder. Dawson immediately (like most fighters would) tossed him off of his shoulder.

This led to Hopkins going down on the ground and supposedly dislocating his shoulder.

When watching though, it appears Hopkins was acting out his injury before his shoulder could hit the mat.

The 47-year-old Hopkins seemed to know what he was doing but what he did not know was he was giving boxing even more of a bad name. His poor performance gave another reason for its loyal fans to turn to Mixed Martial Arts sports.

This controversial fight and the Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz bout both have put boxing into a bind.

Boxing is a sport that appears to be losing viewership more and more each day and need some big events to save the sport.

If more title bouts happen with freak knockouts and sucker punches boxing can say goodbye.

The Hopkins-Dawson decision will likely be changed soon to a No Decision, but there is one thing undisputed about the title bout. It was not entertaining and the fans of boxing deserve more than what is currently happening.