After the highly controversial Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson fight from this past weekend, the WBC has stepped in and made a major decision. In a word, they are overturning the official verdict of the fight, and will continue to recognize Hopkins as the WBC's light heavyweight champion. In their ruling, they state the fight should be a technical draw, in which case Hopkins would retain his championship.
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Of course, many in the boxing community were already calling for the fight to be ruled as a no contest. And for days, rumors were swirling that the WBC's impending ruling and reversal of the decision were imminent. Nonetheless, it's big, big news.
The Ring Magazine had already stated that Hopkins would retain his championship until this was all sorted out, and our light heavyweight division rankings remained basically unaltered. Not that Hopkins looked so strong or impressive - he didn't - but more along the lines of, what in the world ...