Former RING and WBC lightheavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins was released from the the California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night after having been X-rayed and examined by Dr. Sam Thurber, who diagnosed Hopkins with a separation of the acromioclavicular or AC joint of his left shoulder following his second-round technical knockout loss to Chad Dawson, according to a press release.
The 46-year-old Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) suffered the injury to the joint, which connects the collar bone and shoulder blade, in bizarre fashion at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a bout televised by HBO Pay Per View.
The 29-year-old Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) hoisted Hopkins aloft and slammed him to the canvas late in the second round, leaving him writhing in pain with what apparently was the dislocated joint in his shoulder.
Dawson lifted the WBC belt from Hopkins, who was ruled not to be able to continue by referee Pat Russell. The end came at 2 minutes, 48 seconds of the second round.
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