Former WBC light-heavyweight champion Chad “Bad” Dawson will be in for the fight of his life when he steps into the ring with current champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Dawson is certainly one of the most gifted atlethles in the sport of boxing ring now, but his motivation has always been a question. Even with Dawson’s many accomplishments inside the ring, many still aren’t sure if he really wants to be one of the greats.
Dawson didn’t look hungry when he defended his WBC and IBO title against Jean Pascal in 2010, earning his first loss via unanimous decision.
Hopkins might not have the physical gifts that Dawson has, but the 46 year old boxer definitely has the heart of a champion. Many thought Hopkins was done after back-to-back losses to Jermain Taylor, but he came back stronger in his next fight, securing a unanimous decision over Antonio Tarver.
A few fights later, Hopkins shocked the boxing world again, handing the then undefeated Kelly Pavlik his first professional loss. Hopkins won the WBC title in his last boxing match, with an impressive unanimous decision victory over Jean Pascal. Hopkins is confident he’ll be able to teach Dawson a thing or two, when the two men meet inside the ring.
“I want the best Chad Dawson on Saturday night,” said Hopkins. “He has to come out in character and not be the Dawson that he has been for many of his fights. The name doesn’t match the last three or four outcomes. When you have the name ‘Bad’ and you’re not Michael Jackson, you have to be able to own that. They call me ‘The Executioner’ for a reason.”
Like a fine wine, Hopkins continues to improve with age, and I’m sure he still has a few surprises left in him. It should be a highly competitive fight, but Hopkins will probably take over the boxing match in the later rounds and retain his WBC light-heavyweight title.