Doug Fischer

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WORST DECISION EVER!

Boxing never ceases to amaze us! This is awful, terrible. How do you take the title from such a celebrated champion like that?

So if this is the new rule, why wouldn’t every fighter just walk into the ring and body slam the champion and go home with the title without breaking a sweat? It was bad enough what Dawson did, but to award him the title makes this whole episode that much more worse.

Even having the fight end after two rounds would have been enough to be up in arms over, but then to have such an obvious incompetent decision like this in such a high profile fight is shocking. How many times do we see a bad decision and say “damn.” We scratch our heads at the incompetence, but this is indescribable to me. Then the way Chad acted after the fight, bragging and boasting and then Winky Wright’s dumb ass jumping up and down laughing, clapping and joking. Just a really bad night.

Before people start talking s__t about “Bernard didn’t want to fight Dawson,” etc… Bernard always looks like that the first few rounds, until he starts to time you and catch you. If the Pascal fight would have been stoped after the first two rounds either time you would have said Bernard didn’t have a shot and would be KTFO!

Tonight we all lose! Boxing, fans, fighters, commission, writers, everyone. Thanks Chad! — JCB

Good point about Hopkins being a slow, often awkward, starter. Dawson’s trainer, John Scully — who have mad respect for — said Hopkins didn’t want to fight during the post-fight press conference, but I disagree. Scully said if both fighters were unknown and in a four rounder, observers would say that Hopkins lacked heart and shouldn’t be in boxing. That might be true, but the fact is that they weren’t unknown fighters in a four-rounder, they were champion and challenger in a scheduled 12-round title bout. It’s OK for a fighter to give away early rounds while figuring out his opponent during a 10- or 12-round bout.

Look at the DeMarco-Linares fight for proof. If that fight ended after five or six rounds, everyone would have said that DeMarco was totally outclassed and had NO shot of pulling out a victory, but we know that’s not true. I don’t think Freddy Hernandez landed a single punch in the first round of his fight with heavily favored Luis Collazo on the non-televised undercard, but he got into the fight in the second round and gradually took over the bout over 10.

My point is that one and half rounds is not enough time to ascertain whether a seasoned pro boxer wants to fight or not.

SAD CHAD

He was shut out for 10 of 11 rds against Pascal then he went 12 rds against Diaconu, whom Pascal beat twice. Now he throws an old man down and breaks his shoulder and he's acting like he's a big deal. — Steve the Greek, Montreal

Why is everyone mad at Chad for showing fire and venom (towards Pascal and Hopkins) after Saturday’s debacle? Most of the same fans criticized him for being emotionless or too quiet, shy, “vanilla,” prior to fighting Hopkins, who questioned his heart, will, mind, etc., to a degree that would make most of us want to lash out as he did after the fight.

I wished he would have reeled it in a bit immediately after Hopkins was dumped to the canvas, but I didn’t mind his verbal assault on Pascal (AKA “Mr. Tight Pants”) at the post-fight presser.

HOPKINS, AN A.T.G & A B.S. ARTIST

Doug,

B-Hop landed on his ass before his elbow hit the canvas. He was grimacing before he hit the floor. In my opinion he's one of the sports' only remaining fighters that can be called a “great” without any dispute, but the guy is also a bulls__t-artist and he quit, simple as.

Let's be honest, if the ref had warned him it would be a TKO and not a No Contest he would've been up in a flash. He saw a rematch in the not to distant future, he saw the cash. Hey, man, he's 'Gang$ta'. And Doug, quite frankly I don't give a baker's f*** what kind of doctor's note is scribbled down for the public to see, the guy bailed. Inevitably the result will be changed to a No Contest, but that's of no consolation to me after staying awake til 5 am in Ireland and once again being left dumbfounded by the crap that unfolded on my TV (hense my delightful mood).

On a brighter note, kudos to Jorge Linares and Antonio DeMarco for throwing together a bit of a barnstormer. I think Linares' nose was actually broken for a number of rounds, and when DeMarco bombarded it with straight right hands towards the end of the fight it seemed as though the pain literally became too much for Linares. (One punch springs to mind where he sort of winced and walked backwards towards the ropes.) Either way, one hell of a fight. Kevin Mitchell v DeMarco would be very interesting.

And lastly, I don't know if you've gotten a chance to see Nathan Cleverley v Tony Bellew, but man what a fight. Not necessarily just for the excitement or the bitter rivalry, but the sheer passion both fighters conveyed, and the respect and sportsmanship they showed towards each other post-fight was refreshing to see (Bellew was actually in tears and being consoled by Cleverley in the post-fight interviews.) Here's one for down the line, how do you think Cleverley would deal with your guy Ismayl Sillakh in 18 months time? Take it easy. — Gav

In 18 months, I’ll take Sillakh over anyone in the 175-pound division. If the top dogs at light heavyweight hope to defeat the “Black Russian” (horrible nickname for many reasons, among them the fact that he’s Ukrainian) they better get him now.

I haven’t had the time to watch a DVD of Cleverly-Bellews, but trust me I will. I was told it was a good one and that Bellews exceeded expectations. He must have. Cleverly is a hell of a fighter.

DeMarco is also a hell of a fighter. He proved it against an ultra-talented boxer. I’d love to see DeMarco vs. Mitchell, Rios, Lundy, Gesta, and, of course, a rematch with Linares.

I agree that Hopkins is a great fighter. I also agree that he’s a bulls__t artist. There’s no doubt that B-Hop will try to milk an incident that requires the referee’s intervention for all it’s worth to him. He did it when he was in his athletic prime, and he does it even more now that he’s in his mid-40s. He’ll take as much time as he needs and attempt to influence the referee as much as he can if the referee allows it.

In Russell, B-Hop was confronted with an official who is as confident and strong willed as he is. However, I don’t believe that Hopkins quit. I met Hopkins in 1999, I’ve covered many of his fights and training camps, and I got to know him a little bit beyond the ring in the early part of the last decade. I can tell you without a hint of doubt that the man is a lot of things, not all of it good, but “quitter” is not one of them.

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