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Aftermath: On Hopkins-Pascal

By Carlos Acevedo of The Cruelest Sport. Bernard Hopkins looked down-at-heels for three or four rounds against Jean Pascal last night in Quebec City before taking over for the last two-thirds of the fight, showing the intelligence, professionalism, and technique that his far younger opponent lacked. It was, considering how Hopkins usually performs, a pretty good scrap at the Pepsi Coliseum. After dropping Hopkins twice in the first three rounds—once with a borderline rabbit punch—Pascal spent the rest of the night filibustering. Unable to figure out what to do with a real pro, Pascal simply did nothing, and let Hopkins, who turned professional in 1988, control the pace and work out openings at his leisure. Letting a fighter like Hopkins take his time, plan, and execute is a serious tactical error. Joe Calzaghe edged Hopkins in 2008 by throwing megatons of leather and forcing Hopkins to react instead of dictate. It certainly was odd seeing a 46 year-old boxer landing lead left hooks to the body from two or three feet away on a fighter young enough to be his son. Read more...

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Lucian Bute's left hand continues to dominate opponents.

Froch vs Abraham: Which one has to rebound once more?

What happens when you put two world class fighters in a ring together, add a little explosiveness and just touch of , "I cannot lose this fight" mentality? What you get is the upcoming Carl Froch-Arthur Abraham bout. Each combatant is coming off of a loss that many in the boxing world thought that they would win. Froch ventured to Denmark to face Mikkel Kessler. Kessler was the odds on favorite heading into Showtime’s Super Six Tournament, but was upset in round one by now tourney favorite, Andre Ward. Some viewed the Ward fight as a bout that showed certain limitations for Kessler. Besides suffering numerous headbutts, Kessler seemed to be outhustled and lost a technical decision. Froch had dealt Andre Dirrell a loss in their first round fight. The fight was, to be honest, hard to watch.

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Le Saboteur: Jean Pascal WTD11 Chad Dawson

By Carlos Acevedo of The Cruelest Sport. In a startling upset, Jean Pascal outworked talented Chad Dawson at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on his way to a technical decision victory when Dawson was deemed unable to continue due to a cut suffered in the 11th round. Final scores of the abbreviated fight were 108-101, 160-103, and 106-103. Within a round it became clear that Dawson, now 29-1-0-1 (17), was in for a long night as Pascal alternated between moving on the perimeter and hurling UFOs with abandon while charging. Pascal, Laval, Quebec, via Port-au-Prince, appeared to sweep the first three rounds by using his hit and run tactics to potshot Dawson here and there. His occasional flurries were heightened by the fact that Dawson did little early on but look distressed. Read the rest here...


By Carlos Acevedo of The Cruelest Sport. After spending the last two years on the Glen Johnson-Antonio Tarver treadmill, Chad Dawson finally meets a fighter who is not eligible for eldercare when he faces Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, tomorrow night on HBO. Both fighters deserve credit for taking the bout. Pascal because he is a gate attraction in Montreal and could have taken lesser fights for significant paydays; and Dawson for hitting the road in pursuit of a big event. Read the rest here...

Back to the Future: After Seeing Off The Old Guard, Dawson Goes For The Gold Against Pascal

by Andrew Harrison (Safe Side Of The Ropes) After a year stained by failed negotiations, missed opportunities and precious little in the way of big fight action, boxing finally gets it right on Saturday evening as light heavyweights "Bad" Chad Dawson and Canadian, Jean Pascal meet to crown a divisional world champion. A battle which pits two ultra talented and dynamic fighters together at their peak (and on the right side of thirty) has all of the ingredients to make for a wonderful, crowd pleasing affair in a year regrettably devoid of such pearls (read more).
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