When it comes to upsets in boxing, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins has certainly had his share. He plans to add one more to his resume when he defends his WBC light-heavyweight title against Chad "Bad" Dawson on April 28.
Hopkins and Dawson squared up last October. But the bout ended in controversy when Dawson decided to throw Hopkins to the ground. Dawson was initially awarded with the TKO victory - after Hopkins claimed he was unable to continue. But the ring-side ruling was rightly overturned when Hopkins appealed the decision. Their initial clash has now been ruled a no-contest, and the two will fight again on Saturday.
Dawson looked like he was off to a better start during their 2011 encounter, controlling the pace of their brief encounter with his jab. Bernard wasn't really impressed with Dawson's performance though, and he vows to pull off another upset when the two meet at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
"I'll just continue to kick the naysayer's [expletive] in and out of the ring, because that's the task that I've always been up against," Hopkins said during a media conference call. "And I don't mind that. It's not anger. It's a challenge. You all have been my biggest motivator. Without that, it wouldn't be me where I've been."
With a professional boxing record of 52-5-2, Hopkins is clearly one of the best fighters in the history of the sport. After losing to Joe Calzaghe in 2008, many expected Hopkins to retire with grace, but the then 43 year old fighter decided to take on another undefeated fighter. Hopkins shocked the boxing world with his unanimous decision victory against Kelly Pavlik, and he hasn't lost a fight since then. He'll have his hands full in his rematch against Dawson, but I'll never bet against the wily veteran.
"When it comes to speed, when it comes to talent, when it comes to hit and not get hit without running, when it comes to the basic fundamentals of boxing, I believe that I'm the most underrated fighter that ever laced a pair of gloves on, that reached a level that I've reached in my 24 years," Hopkins added.
Casual boxing fans seeking brutal slugfests might not appreciate Hopkins' accomplishments inside the ring, but there's no question he's respected by hardcore fans of the sport.
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