Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Hopkins to undergo six weeks of shoulder rehabilitation
Bernard Hopkins' MRI has confirmed that he has a separated shoulder resulting from last Saturday's fight with Chad Dawson.
Bernard Hopkins says that an MRI of of his left shoulder reaffirmed he has a separated acromioclavicular, or AC joint, which connects the collar bone and shoulder blade, following a doctor's visit on Friday morning.
"I just left the doctor's office. They've diagnosed the same thing that they said that I had in California after the fight. They will have to re-evaluate it after I go through my rehab," said Hopkins, who received his his initial MRI on Monday and said that he has been "taking 500 milligrams of Motrin" for the pain.
"They said that I have to set up a thing with rehab. I have about six-to-eight weeks where I have to be able to go though rehabilitation and recovery from this injury. Then I've got to wait for the doctor to give me another evaluation after six-to-eight weeks."
The injury resulted from Hopkins' controversial HBO Pay Per View clash with Chad Dawson last Saturday.
The fight was initially ruled to be a second-round TKO for Dawson after the 46-year-old Hopkins was shoved to the canvas and deemed unfit to continue by referee Pat Russell. Russell did not view Dawson's shove as a foul, accidental or otherwise.
Hopkins maintained that he was fouled by the young challenger and thus the bout should have been ruled a no-contest.
In accordance with a vote wherein the majority of the WBC's board members disagreed with the official call, the organization has ruled the fight a "technical draw" and will continue to recognize Hopkins as its light heavyweight champ.
Golden Boy Promotions filed a protest with the California State Athletic Commission, which will review the fight and make a ruling at a Dec. 13 hearing.
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