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Hopkins Reinstated as World Champion

WBC overturn controversial decision

Posted Oct 24, 2011 by Chris White

Bernard Hopkins is currently the oldest champion in the sport

Having originally lost his WBC light-heavyweight championship, Bernard Hopkins has been reinstated as champion following his controversial fight with Chad Dawson. The veteran American fighter claimed he was unable to continue the fight after injuring his shoulder in an incident in which he was lifted off his feet and dumped to the canvas by his opponent.

The referee accepted that Hopkins was unable to continue the fight and awarded the win, and title, to Dawson, by technical knockout. However, after a review of the match events and the decision made by the referee, the WBC have overturned the result to a technical draw and given Hopkins back his title.

Hopkins suffered a dislocation of the joint connecting his left shoulder and collarbone and filed a complaint to the California Boxing authorities after referee Pat Russell took away his title.

In a statement, Jose Sulaiman, the president of the WBC, said that “The WBC respects and cannot intervene in the decisions of the boxing commissions where the fights happen, but it does intervene in regards of the recognition of a WBC title of the world. We found that Dawson broke the rule barring any rough tactics other than clean punches and since the event happened before the fifth round, the result should have been, and now is, a technical draw.”

Hopkins, however, believes that he should have been awarded the victory in the fight because of Dawson’s disqualification. In May this year, 46-year old Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a world championship when he beat Jean Pascal to take the previous record held by George Foreman, who regained his title at the age of 45.

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