It was a 12-round boxing rematch as Bernard Hopkins gave his WBC light heavyweight belt to Chad Dawson, who defeated him at Boardwalk Hall without the controversy the match had six months prior.
Chad, 29, defeated Bernard, 47, and it was a tough match, even through the age span is about 20 years.
In other words, one of them is old enough to be their father.
Does this mean the end to Hopkins?
“I believe there’s a lot of people out there that won’t fight me,” he said. “It all depends on the motivation.”
The The Associated Press reports that this rematch was no classic, but it was an improvement on their first bout in October in Los Angeles.
Dawson had his TKO victory over Hopkins overturned and the decision was ruled a no-contest and the belt returned to the Philadelphia fighter.
Dawson lifted Hopkins and tossed him to the canvas in that one.
This time, Dawson was the victim of at least one accidental head-butt that busted open a cut near his left eye.
He kept his composure and cranked up the pressure in the later rounds. No fighter has ever knocked out Hopkins and Dawson never came close.
He didn’t have to lay him out to win this one.
Dawson held the belt high over his head and slung it over his shoulder in celebration.
Do you think Hopkins will seek retirement by the time he’s 50?