Less than a week after losing his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight championship belt via a controversial second round TKO loss to Chad “Bad” Dawson, 46 year old boxer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins has been reinstated as the WBC light-heavyweight champ. Hopkins was reinstated as the champion after the WBC declared the Oct. 15 boxing match between the two a technical draw.
“I’d like to thank Mr. Sulaiman and the board for looking at the tape and just for taking the time to look at the tape,” Hopkins said after being reinstated. “They came up with what I think is the right decision. Like me or hate me, I think most people will think it’s the right decision that they made.”
Bernard’s Oct. 15 encounter with Dawson ended in the second round, after a wrestling style move put the champion on the canvas. Hopkins was unable to resume the boxing match after the throw, claiming his shoulder had been dislocated. X-rays taken after the boxing match confirmed Hopkins’ injury
While the fight didn’t end the way most boxing fans would have liked, referee Pat Russell made things worse by making the wrong call. It’s no surprise the WBC reinstated Hopkins as the champion, given the way the boxing match ended.
Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw wasn’t really thrilled with the news, and he’s hoping his fighter will get another shot at the light-heavyweight title.
“I’m disappointed that the WBC saw fit to call it a technical draw,” Shaw told ESPN.com “I’m sure, as sure as I can be, is that the WBC will put Chad as the No. 1 mandatory again. I don’t think it was the right decision. We believe Hopkins committed the first foul by going on Chad’s back.”
While Dawkins and Hopkins have some unfinished business with one another, selling the fight to the public will be a difficult task. Boxing fans certainly didn’t get their money’s worth in the Oct. 15 encounter between the two, and it’s unlikely they’ll come out in large numbers for a rematch.