One of the best boxers the world has ever seen, 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2), takes on the 29-year-old Chad Dawson (30-1) in what should be an incredible bout.
Hopkins will be defending his newly earned WBC light heavyweight championship against Dawson when the two collide in the center of the ring.
Where: Staples Center (Los Angeles, California)
When: Oct 15, 2011 at 9 p.m. EST
Watch: HBO Pay-Per-View, DirecTV channels 123 and 124
Cost: $59.99 in HD, $49.99 in SD
Biggest Storyline: Will Hopkins Maintain WBC Light Heavyweight Championship?
The 46-year-old became the oldest boxer to claim a world title when he knocked off Jean Pascal by unanimous decision on May 21, 2011.
Hopkins is a boxing legend, but things aren't going to be easy at his age against a boxer of Dawson's caliber.
Keys to Victory for Hopkins:
The key to this fight is simple for Hopkins: he needs to make sure his age doesn't catch up with him.
Hopkins is going to need to be in for the long haul in this fight because Dawson isn't going to go away lightly.
He still has the power and speed necessary to win this bout, but his conditioning will probably drop off at some point considering he is rapidly approaching 50 years of age.
He needs to continue getting his punches in first. It's something he has done well over the course of his career. If he can get early strikes in, it could open the flood gates for Hopkins.
Keys to Victory for Dawson:
Hopkins loves to punch and grab, so defense will be the key to victory for Dawson. He needs to find a way to close off the punch and grab attempts from Hopkins or he will stand no chance of winning this fight.
If he can stave off Hopkins' fight and grab attempts, it will likely be a long day for Hopkins, and will yield a victory for Dawson.
What They're Saying:
Dawson's former trainer, Emanuel Steward, believes this bout is a 50-50 fight according to Boxing Scene:
"I wished him good luck. I’ll see you there at ringside,’ because I’ll be broadcasting [for HBO]. But I still think that with all the talent he’s got, he’ll still be a big problem for Bernard. He’s the computer printout of the worst thing in the world for Bernard — tall, left-handed, naturally gifted. He can fight. Just because I’m not there, it’s like [people] automatically [think] he’s lost the fight. I don’t think that’s the right attitude to take on it. I think it’s still a very tough, competitive fight, just on his natural talent."
Hopkins has a lot more experience and will find a way to win this fight. Not having Steward at Dawson's side is going to affect him in this fight.
Hopkins will find a way to retain his title, which will likely put him in line for a rematch with Jean Pascal.
Hopkins wins via split decision.