One of the final images of the first fight between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson was Dawson yelling across the ring at Hopkins.
Dawson was making accusations that Hopkins was faking the shoulder injury that ended their bout after two rounds to get out of the fight, which eventually was declared a no contest. Dawson was angry, believing Hopkins had pulled a fast one, therefore robbing him of the chance to get a huge win in decisive style over the aging legend -- and take his title.
Now, six months later, not much has changed. As Dawson prepares for his rematch Saturday with Hopkins at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, he still believes Hopkins faked the shoulder injury in the last fight and is still angry at the result. Dawson feels Hopkins' act of getting out of the first fight will only help him going into this fight.
"On my behalf, the way the last fight ended, I could only take it as a confidence-builder," Dawson said. "I don't believe Bernard Hopkins was hurt. He showed ...