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Quick jabs: Ricky Hatton comes back, Amir Khan finds new trainer, more

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Former two-division world champion Ricky Hatton (above), who announced a comeback last week, might be an attractive opponent for compatriot Amir Khan. (AP)

Some quick jabs …

• How much money did Miguel Cotto leave on the table when he passed on a rematch with Manny Pacquiao? According to Bob Arum, a lot. Arum said Cotto’s guarantee for a Dec. 1 date with Pacquiao would have been around $13 million, with the possibility of going as high as $15 million if the pay-per-view numbers were strong. Instead, Cotto will settle for significantly less in a fight with unknown junior middleweight Austin Trout while Arum signed Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth fight with Pacquiao by guaranteeing just $6 million.

• HBO was thrilled with the rating it got for the heavily promoted Sept. 8 showdown between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson. According to the Neilsen numbers, Ward-Dawson attracted 1.3 million viewers, the sixth straight World Championship Boxing telecast exceeding 1 million viewers for HBO.

• Here’s my one and only thought on the proposed partnership between Manny Pacquiao and 50 Cent: I’ll believe it when I see it.

• I’m fully expecting a rematch between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez to take place early next year. Chavez Jr. wants it and Martinez isn’t going to sniff that much money against anyone else. Hopefully Chavez will take his training a little more seriously next time. He has the talent to beat Martinez but he has to be in peak condition both mentally and physically if he expects to have a shot against a fighter as fast and skilled as Martinez.

• At 33, comebacking Ricky Hatton probably has one more big fight left in him. And perhaps the biggest one of his career could be out there: Amir Khan. They haven’t invented a word for how big Hatton-Khan could be in England and after a tune-up or two both could be ready for it.

• Little tired of strength coach Alex Ariza taking to Twitter and passive aggressively implying that a fighter would have done better had he been more involved. In the aftermath of Chavez’s loss to Martinez, Ariza, who had reduced role in Chavez’s camp this time around, in a Q&A with his followers, suggested that Chavez would have performed better had he followed his diet and that Chavez was “not in my kind of shape.” It’s not the first time Ariza has done this and it’s getting a little old.

• Arum says he plans on bringing welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley back in December. Possible opponents include Ruslan Provodnikov, Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson and Robert Guerrero. Guerrero is under contract with archrival Golden Boy but Arum told a handful of reporters last week that Bradley-Guerrero was a fight he would really like to make.

• Hasim Rahman, who held the WBC heavyweight title for a year between 2005 and ’06, is getting another crack at a world title. Rahman, 39, will travel to Germany to take on Alexander Povetkin on Sept. 29 in a fight that will be televised in the U.S. on Epix.

• Predictably, the Adrien Broner-Antonio DeMarco negotiations are progressing slowly. Broner, who is represented by influential and divisive manager Al Haymon, wants the lion’s share of the money and DeMarco isn’t willing to give it to him. Like I’ve said before: Fight each other or don’t fight anyone else in your weight class on premium TV.

• How much did it cost 50 Cent to pry Yuri Gamboa away from Top Rank? That would be $1.2 million. From what I hear from Top Rank officials, that’s just about how much the company invested in Gamboa.

• The always entertaining Gabriel Rosado (20-5) is back in action on Friday night, when he headlines the next installment of NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series against Charles Whittaker (38-12-2). This is a big fight for Rosado: If he wins, he becomes the No. 1 contender for the IBF junior middleweight title held by Cornelius Bundrage.

• While we all wait (and wait, and wait) for Pacquiao-Mayweather, it’s clear Arum is setting up the winner of next month’s junior welterweight fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado as the next opponent for Pacquiao. Rios-Alvarado is expected to be a war, which should give the winner a nice bounce going into a Pacquiao fight.

• Showtime has to be pleased with the numbers for Saul Alvarez-Josesito Lopez on Saturday. According to Neilsen ratings, Alvarez-Lopez attracted 1.04 million viewers. Still, that’s a 42 percent drop from Alvarez’s HBO-televised fight against Kermit Cintron in November 2011, which drew 1.47 million viewers.

• Amir Khan is reportedly set to name Virgil Hunter, best known for training super middleweight champion Andre Ward, as his new coach. That’s a good call. Hunter has a brilliant boxing mind who believes hit-and-don’t-get-hit is the only philosophy a fighter should live by. For a shaky-chinned fighter like Khan, that’s the best kind of trainer.

• Speaking of Ward, cross Mikkel Kessler off the list of potential next opponents. Ward had expressed interest in a rematch with Kessler — whom he picked apart over 11 lopsided rounds in 2009 — but Kessler elected to face 37-year old Brian Magee, who owns a minor super middleweight title. It’s just as well: Ward-Kessler would have created no buzz in the United States.

• Last week, Arum spent a lot of time talking to reporters about junior middleweight prospect John Jackson, even going as far as to say Jackson would get a televised slot on the Pacquiao pay-per-view telecast. But on Saturday, Jackson (13-1) ran into another pretty good prospect, the Jack Loew-trained Willie Nelson (19-1-1), who beat him in a close decision. Jackson still has potential and a lot of power (12 knockouts) but needs to polish his game so he can out box fighters he can’t knock out.

– Chris Mannix


  • Published On Sep 18, 2012
  • Three thoughts from Andre Ward’s scintillating win over Chad Dawson

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    Andre Ward defended his WBA and WBC titles with a 10th round knockout of Chad Dawson. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

    1. This was a boxing clinic — Chad Dawson is the undisputed top dog at light heavyweight and a recognized top-ten fighter in the world. And Andre Ward made him look pedestrian. Ward threw rights and lefts, fought inside and out, showcased power and speed; against an opponent who has beaten virtually everyone at 175-pounds (some twice) Ward submitted a brilliant performance. He literally beat Dawson into submission: When referee Steve Smoger checked with Dawson after he was knocked down — for the third time — in the tenth round, Dawson appeared to tell Smoger he was done.

    Any fears this fight would be a technical snoozefest were dispelled in the third round, when a short left hook put Dawson on the canvas. A looping left put Dawson down again in the fourth and Ward never looked back. Ward punished Dawson with left hands that Dawson seemed not to see coming, leaving the sturdy, 6-foot-1 Dawson noodle-legged for most of the fight.

    Ward cautioned everyone before the fight not to rule out a knockout, comments most dismissed. As good as Ward is, he has never shown punishing power; his last knockout was back in 2009. Yet against a strong chinned opponent in Dawson–who has stood up to Tomasz Adamek, Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson, among others–Ward showed a killer instinct few knew was there.

    “In boxing everyone is knockout hungry,” Ward said. It’s the last piece of the puzzle. It’s not something you can teach.”

    2. Is Ward the best fighter in boxing? — This will be a hot topic for debate as writers cobble together their pound-for-pound lists over the next few weeks. My opinion: Ward is no worse than the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter, ahead of Manny Pacquiao and Sergio Martinez, just behind Floyd Mayweather, and you can make a compelling argument that he deserves the top spot. Ward has cleaned out the super middleweight division and has now beaten the best light heavyweight in the world. Mayweather is coming off an impressive win over Miguel Cotto last May but doesn’t have the same bounce in his legs and is clearly, if only ever so slightly, on the decline. If Ward isn’t No. 1 now, he is nipping right at Mayweather’s heels.

    More scary: Ward’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, says Ward has only reached about 85% of his potential.

    3. So … what’s next? —  Where does Ward go from here? He beat all the top super middleweights (Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham) in the Super Six and with Lucian Bute tied up with a scheduled rematch with Froch in 2013, there aren’t many compelling options in the rankings. A rematch with Kessler has been floated, but that won’t move the needle much and getting Kessler to come back to fight in the U.S. will be challenging.

    One name to keep an eye on: Kelly Pavlik. Pavlik’s personal issues have derailed his career and he hasn’t looked all that impressive since making the jump up to super middleweight last year. But he is still a household name who can do a strong rating on HBO. If Pavlik can pick up another win before the end of the year — and hopefully look good doing it — a Pavlik-Ward fight could mean big business.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Sep 09, 2012
  • Chad Dawson says ‘no problem’ making 168-pound limit for Andre Ward fight

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    Chad Dawson beat Bernard Hopkins for the WBC light heavyweight title in April. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    OAKLAND — One of the biggest questions leading into Saturday night’s super middleweight title fight between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson (9:45 pm, HBO) will be settled on Friday, when Dawson, a longtime 175-pounder, steps on the scale and attempts to make 168 pounds for the first time since 2006.

    At Thursday’s final press conference, Dawson — who told SI.com he weighed 170-pounds this morning — claimed he would have no trouble coming in on-weight.

    “I’ll make the weight, no problem,” Dawson said. “I’m still eating. I told everyone I could make 168. I wasn’t saying it to sell a fight, I was saying it because I can do it. We have talked about moving to 168 for the last few years. When I finally had the opportunity to do it, I did it.”

    Dawson credits an altered diet for his ability to slim down effectively

    “The only difference is that I’m not able to eat what I want,” Dawson said. “Before, I would eat steak, mashed potatoes, burgers. Now I’m on a good nutrition plan. I’m eating vegetables, fish, and chicken. I feel a lot faster, a lot stronger.”

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  • Published On Sep 06, 2012
  • Andre Ward-Chad Dawson fight looks good on paper, terrible in reality

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    Chad Dawson has several options for a great fight, including the winner of Jean Pascal-Tavoris Cloud. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK — It’s no secret that HBO has been pushing for a showdown between super middleweight champion Andre Ward and newly re-crowned light heavyweight titleholder Chad Dawson. The network considers (correctly) Ward and Dawson to be at the top of their respective divisions and sees an opportunity to match two of arguably the top-10 fighters in the world.

    On paper, it makes sense. In reality, it’s a terrible idea.

    Styles make fights and Ward-Dawson is a stylistic Titanic. One fighter, Ward, is a chameleon, capable of adapting to any style an opponent brings into the ring. But Ward lacks aggressiveness and has made it clear he is not interested in getting into a firefight if he can avoid it. Which, considering his enormous talent, is quite often.

    Dawson is equally as talented. He has arguably the best jab in boxing and the speed and elusiveness to go with it. But Dawson hasn’t been in a great fight since … well, I can’t remember when Dawson was last in a great fight. Put those two fighters together, as several experienced matchmakers have told me, and you get a snoozer.

    Now, if there was no one else for Ward or Dawson to fight, then maybe it should be something to consider. But the fact is there are opponents out there. On May 26, Lucian Bute will travel to England to take on Carl Froch. Bute, of course, is the other top dog in the 168-pound division. If Bute wins, he could be ready for a showdown with Ward in the fall. Ward, meanwhile, could take a tuneup fight in Oakland (against a Don George-type) and make some decent money from the gate while shaking off the rust. And in September or October, we would finally get a fight we have been waiting for.

    Dawson, likewise, has options. On August 11 two top-rated light heavyweights, Jean Pascal and Tavoris Cloud, will face off for Cloud’s alphabet title. It was Pascal who handed Dawson his first loss in 2010 while the undefeated Cloud has power and a fan-friendly style. The winner of Cloud-Pascal will see his Q rating spike considerably, making him a natural fit for Dawson later in the year. If Dawson is anxious for a payday, a unification match with Nathan Cleverly in the U.K. would probably be pretty easy to make. Probably pretty easy for him to win, too.

    Maybe someday there will be a clamor for Ward-Dawson. But it’s not today. Neither Ward or Dawson is likely to come cheap, meaning whatever license fee HBO ponies up is going to be a big one. Simply put, that money is better spent elsewhere.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On May 11, 2012
  • Experts’ predictions for Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson II

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    Bernard Hopkins (left) and Chad Dawson (right) finally get the opportunity to settle their score Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. (AP)

    SI.com’s boxing experts predict Saturday’s light heavyweight title fight between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson (10:15 p.m. ET, HBO). Share your prediction in the comments below.

    CHRIS MANNIX

    Betting against Hopkins has proven hazardous, as the 47-year old tactician has repeatedly defied the odds. But there is a certain type of fighter Hopkins can still take — big, bruising, brawlers — and Dawson isn’t one of them. This won’t be the most exciting fight, with Dawson snapping that long jab from a distance and Hopkins rushing in head-first to get on the inside. But it won’t be controversial, either. Dawson is on a different level than Hopkins and should cruise to a comfortable points win. Dawson by unanimous decision.

    RICHARD O’BRIEN

    To make a prediction about a rematch you usually start with the first fight, but the initial encounter between Hopkins and Dawson was so truncated and the ending so ambiguous that it’s really almost as if this is the first bout. The same questions remain: Can Hopkins use his bottomless bag of tricks, his ring smarts and his patience to nullify Dawson’s youth and athleticism? Can he take the younger fighter deep into the bout without taking too much damage along the way and then start to score with his own, always, careful offense?

    A lot depends on how focused Dawson is; he has a tendency to look brilliant for stretches in fights and then let down for stretches. His trainer, John Scully, is intent on having Dawson put it all together this time, and for his part, Dawson sounds determined to make a definitive statement about his place in the pound-for-pound standings. “I don’t want to just beat Bernard,” he has said. “I want to make him look stupid and make him look old.”

    Well, I can see the “make him look old” part, but I don’t think anyone can make Bernard Hopkins look stupid. The fight goes longer this time — all 12 rounds. Hopkins will have his moments, but Dawson’s work rate — led by that long jab — will wear down the old champion and allow Dawson to shine in the later rounds. Dawson by unanimous decision.

    BRYAN ARMEN GRAHAM

    It was back in 2007 when Dawson (then a light heavyweight beltholder) first emerged as a logical opponent for Hopkins, who at 41 had just upset Antonio Tarver for the recognized 175-pound championship — a ceiling his idol, Sugar Ray Robinson, could never crack. It was billed as Hopkins going out on top, yet more than five years later he’s still here, a legitimate world champion taking on opponents in or around the pound-for-pound top 15 and making history with every outing. But styles make fights, and a rangy, technically sound boxer-puncher is simply a problematic matchup for the 47-year-old marvel. It’s no wonder a fighter as schooled as B-Hop wasn’t in a hurry to fight him; Dawson was, and is, tailor-made to end Hopkins’ career.

    All logic indicates the younger, primer challenger presses his advantages in size, reach and athleticism to cruise to a points victory over Hopkins, a 3-to-1 underdog, not least because the 29-year-old Dawson has thus far proven impervious to the Philadelphian’s psychological tactics. This is his moment. Yet something about this scenario must feel comfortable to the champion: he was the spoiler in aborted coronations against Tarver (he was 3-to-1 underdog), Winky Wright (2-to-1) and Kelly Pavlik (4-to-1) — and was a 2-to-1 longshot in his first fight with Jean Pascal, a draw many thought Hopkins won. Dawson’s public mockery of the injury that led to a no-contest in October’s first meeting cast doubt on the professionalism and warrior’s spirit that are Hopkins’ essence. You’d never know it due to the effective vow of silence he took throughout the promotion — HBO must have been thrilled — but the blow to Hopkins’ reputation stings worse than any head shot and he’ll be motivated by redemption. It says here the cagey veteran — blending the economical offense, slippery defense and unmatched ring intelligence — conjures one last time-cheating performance on the boardwalk where he began his career (with a loss!) nearly a quarter-century ago. Hopkins by split decision.


  • Published On Apr 27, 2012
  • CSAC overturns Dawson-Hopkins ruling

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    Chad Dawson's controversial TKO was overturned and ruled a no contest. (Gene Blevins/ZUMAPRESS.com)

    The California State Athletic Commission has overturned Chad Dawson’s technical knockout win over Bernard Hopkins and ruled the fight a no contest. On Tuesday the commission, by a vote of 5-1, elected to overturn the referees decision in October, restoring Hopkins’s status as the lineal light heavyweight champion.

    “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.”

    A key figure in overturning the decision was the referee, Pat Russell. In the second round Dawson appeared to lift Hopkins up and push him to the ground. The fall injured Hopkins shoulder, ending the fight. At the time Russell ruled that since Hopkins was the one who initiated the contact, Dawson could not be disqualified and the fight could not be ruled a no-contest. At the hearing Russell reportedly flipped, informing the commission that he had made the wrong decision.

    “The footage of the fight that was reviewed over and over again, proved to be the key testimony,” Hopkins said. “I think it came down to the tape. Both of our sides were making good points, but it was a dinner without a turkey. The tape was the turkey.  I am happy this ordeal is over. Now I can focus on continuing to rehab my shoulder and get ready to fight again, hopefully early next year. I will start my usual boxing routine in a couple of weeks and get ready to defend my titles again.”

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  • Published On Dec 13, 2011
  • Three thoughts from Dawson-Hopkins

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    Bernard Hopkins was unable to continue after separating his shoulder in the second round of his light heavyweight title fight with Chad Dawson. (AP)

    Three thoughts from Chad Dawson’s controversial second-round TKO of Bernard Hopkins for the light heavyweight title Saturday in Los Angeles:

    1. It should have been ruled a no decision. Never in 60 pro fights had Hopkins been stopped inside the distance. No longer. When the 46-year-old Philadelphian leaned over Dawson after uncoiling an overhand right early in the second round, the 29-year-old challenger lifted Hopkins into the air and dumped him onto the canvas — a move that appeared to separate the champion’s left shoulder. (X-rays taken at California Hospital Medical Center later confirmed Hopkins separated the acromioclavicular joint which connects the collar bone and shoulder blade.) According to the unified rules of boxing, a fight should be ruled a no decision if an accidental foul causes an injury before the end of four rounds. (Not a no contest, but essentially the same thing.) Still, referee Pat Russell immediately ruled it a technical knockout, denying any foul and never even giving Hopkins the opportunity to continue fighting. “Today’s what’s makes boxing wrong,” said a despondent Hopkins (52-6-3, 32 KOs), who lost his WBC and Ring magazine titles. “They want me out of boxing, this is one of the ways to do it.”

    2. Dawson’s championship is subject to scrutiny. Dawson (31-1, 18 KOs) said “I’m the champion” so many times after the official ruling was announced to cascades of boos from the 8,421 at Staples Center, it seemed as if he were trying to convince himself. The New Haven, Conn., native was happy to posture as if he’d been blowing Hopkins out, when really Hopkins had been forcing the challenger to fight at his methodical pace through the first five minutes. “He says he a gangsta,” Dawson taunted. “A gangsta would have got up and fought like a man.” The new champion laughed off the mere suggestion of a rematch. That he’d be so content to rob Hopkins of a belt so he can move on to a return match with Jean Pascal (his lone conqueror) is unfortunate. Not boxing’s finest night.

    3. This will be overturned. What the sanctioning bodies can or can’t do is subject to perpetual debate, but it seems hard to imagine the result will stand given the photographic evidence in Hopkins’ favor. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer promised a protest will be filed, which could potentially supersede the ruling of Russell, who was scurried away before he could be grilled by the media. The entire episode evoked memories of Hopkins’ second fight with Antwun Echols, when he was thrown down to the canvas in the sixth round. In that 2000 match, Hopkins could have retired with the victory; instead he fought on and knocked out Echols in the 10th. The resolution of Saturday’s fight offered far less clarity. “He picked me off my feet,” Hopkins groused. “This ain’t the UFC. Football come up tomorrow.”

    – Bryan Armen Graham


  • Published On Oct 16, 2011


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