Originally written on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 8/29/14

Following an entertaining but short heavyweight battle, it's almost main event time in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Jim Lampley, Emanuel Steward and Max Kellerman are on hand to call the action as Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson meet for a second time.

The first meeting between these two fighters ended in controversial fashion. Dawson appeared to throw Hopkins to the mat early in the fight, and the 47-year old former middleweight king was unable to continue due to a shoulder injury. The fight was originally awarded to Dawson before getting thrown out a few weeks later.

The tale of the tape shows that Dawson is an inch taller and has a two-inch reach advantage. Of course, the big number on everyone's mind is that Dawson is 18 years younger. He also re-hydrated to about four pounds more than Hopkins.

Dawson hears some jeers from the fans as he comes in first. "Bad" Chad is 30-1 with 17 KOs, his lone loss coming at the hands of Jean Pascal.

The hood and partial mask are in effect for Hopkins as he makes his ring walk. Hopkins' pro record stands at 52-5-2 with 3 KOs.

Before the punches start flying, there's going to be a tribute to the late, great Bert Sugar. He gets the honorary 10-count, and there is a cigar and a fedora at the ringside press row in his memory. 

New Jersey's own Ed Cotton is the referee in charge of the action. Joe Martinez does the official fighter introductions, and we'll look to go more than two rounds without controversy with the WBC light heavyweight title on the line.

Round 1

Dawson flicks jabs but Hopkins stays just out of range. Kellerman says he thinks Hopkins' body is finally looking a little soft. Chad certainly looks much bigger. Dawson keeps Hopkins moving constantly from side to side. Left hand by Dawson is answered by a quick flurry by B-Hop. Bernard rushes in and forces some in-fighting. Dawson shoves him away to prevent more. Right hook by Dawson right before the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Dawson

Round 2

A body shot is set up by a Dawson jab. They grab a little at close range. Hopkins leads with a right and gets tied up. Dawson is ducking very low when Bernard comes in. He pushes Hopkins back toward the ropes, measuring but not letting his hands go. Both men land light shots amidst a brief exchange. Dawson eats a right hook and conects with two left hooks. Another very quick exchange ends the round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Dawson 


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