10 Reasons Not to Bet Against The Executioner

By Teron Briggs: Saturday night, at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) will again attempt to pry the WBC light heavyweight title from 47 year old Bernard “The Executioner” “B-Hops” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs).”

The two East Coast fighters are staging a rematch of their forgettable first bout, that was later ruled a no contest, because the WBC mandated they do so. Though I’m not willing to wager the few pennies I have on the old man, here’s 10 reasons not to bet against him:

10) Bernard Hopkins’ record in Atlantic City is 15-1, 8 KOs. His only loss (a four round decision) came in his first career fight, in 1988!

9) Hopkins has only lost to undefeated fighters. Clinton Mitchell 0–0, Roy Jones Jr. 21–0, Jermain Taylor 23-0(beat Hopkins twice) and Joe Calzaghe 44-0, are the only fighters to record victories over B-Hops.

8) Dawson hasn’t won in hostile territory. His only loss came when he traveled to an opponent’s hometown; he lost in Montreal to Pascal. Saturday, he’ll essentially be fighting in Hopkins’ backyard.

7) Hopkins wins when you least expect him to. Felix Trinidad, Kelly Pavlik, Jean Pascal and Antonio Tarver are a few of the fighters who were expected to beat, or even knockout, the Executioner. Didn’t happen!

6) Dawson lost to the man most people believe Hopkins beat twice. In August of 2010, WBC titleholder Jean Pascal was awarded a unanimous decision win over Dawson. Pascal would later face Hopkins twice within nine months, receiving what many believed to be a “gift” draw in the 1st fight and losing the 2nd.

5) Hopkins is winning the psychological battle with Dawson. Recently Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw said, “Hopkins won’t do a press conference with Chad. He wouldn’t do a one-on-one with Max Kellerman and Chad. That tells you all you have to know about this fight.” If you know Bernard Hopkins, you know that he talks more than the women on the View. He’s not talking much these days and you can rest assured it’s because he’s playing mind games with Dawson.

4) Hopkins has been given extra motivation from Dawson’s statements. Here’s what Chad said after their last bout, “I looked into Bernard’s eyes that night and Bernard didn’t want to be in the ring that night.” On B-Hops' injury, “I really don’t believe Hopkins was hurt.” On their upcoming fight, “he can’t win”. A man as prideful as Hopkins must be angered by those kinds of comments.

3) Dawson is playing into Hopkins' hands. Dawson says he plans to “be the aggressor” on Saturday night. Unfortunately for Dawson, Hopkins is a laid-back counter-puncher who’s able to use his opponent’s aggression to his advantage.

2) Hopkins is the house fighter and will get any close decision. Hopkins is the bigger star, his promotional company is the lead promoter of the fight, he’s the champion and he’s expected to have a strong show of support from his nearby fans.

1) He’s a legend. Plain and simple, when Hopkins at 46 became the oldest champion in the history of the sport, he cemented himself as one of the greatest fighters of all time. Until you see him beaten, how can you bet against a legend?

Article posted on 27.04.2012

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