Bernard Hopkins‘ October 15th fight against Chad Dawson ended in a controversy when he was thrown to the canvas and unable to continue. Dawson intentionally threw Hopkins down, and Bernard suffered a dislocation of his shoulder-to-collarbone joint. For some inexplicable reason (check that – it’s boxing where all decisions lack reason), Dawson was awarded a second-round TKO win.
The WBC decided two weeks later that the fight was a draw and they kept Hopkins as their light heavyweight champion. The California State Athletic Committee (CSAC) has done even more. The CSAC met Tuesday and decided to change the TKO loss to a no decision.
“Justice was served today,” Hopkins said. “I am thrilled that the California State Athletic Commission did the right thing and removed that loss from my record. Mistakes happen, but what you do to fix those mistakes is what counts.”
Hopkins is still recovering from the shoulder injury, but he says he will begin boxing in a few weeks. He says he wants to fight early next year. The bionic man is 52-5-2 and still a world champion at 46 years old.