Five days after the fight, the World Boxing Council (WBC) made a ruling on last Saturday nightâ€™s fight between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson that came to a premature conclusion at the end of the second round as Hopkins suffered a damaged right shoulder after being lifted and sent to the canvas by Dawson. Referee Pat Russell ruled that no foul was committed, therefore since Hopkins was unable or unwilling to continue, the WBC light heavyweight title would change hands. Ultimately, Dawson was declared the winner via second round TKO.
Here is the WBCâ€™s explanation of their ruling:
In regards to the championship defense of the light heavyweight WBC world champion between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, held in Los Angeles, California, in which the referee declared a KOT2 against champion Hopkins, as he could not continue due to an injury after a push by challenger Dawson, the head offices of the WBC sent videos, medical reports and the WBC corresponding Rules to the Board of Governors that unanimously declared a Technical Draw on the fight; therefore, Bernard Hopkins is still the WBC Light heavyweight champion of the worldâ€¦
It does not appear that the WBC is demanding a rematch. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Goy Promotions, told Maxboxing, â€œGary Shaw and Chad Dawson make it clear that they donâ€™t want to have a rematch. We made it clear that we donâ€™t want a rematch and I think if you ask 100 people, fight fans, youâ€™re probably going to have a 120 that respond, â€œNo, we donâ€™t want the rematch.â€ So I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s interest, any appetite for the rematch and thereâ€™s no need for a rematch. I think Chad Dawson should move on and Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™s going to be good fights out there for him. I donâ€™t know: maybe thereâ€™s a rematch with Jean Pascal. I think thatâ€™s what he would like to do. Go and pursue other fights, increase his marketability and fan base, then who knows? Other big fights will come for him. Thatâ€™s what I think should happen.
The California commission will not convene until December to rule on the matter (which irks Schaefer to no end) but regardless of the ruling, he doesnâ€™t believe this effects Hopkinsâ€™ deal with HBO. â€œI just spoke with Bernard. He was, of course, pleased that the WBC continues to recognize him as their light heavyweight champion. Heâ€™s going to get the results tomorrow from the MRI and the doctorâ€™s opinion for how long heâ€™s going to be out of having contact. How long itâ€™s going to take him before he can get back in the ring and thatâ€™s whatâ€™s going to determine what Iâ€™m going to go back to HBO with, for securing Bernardâ€™s next date.â€ Schaefer indicated that he hopes to see Hopkins back in the ring in spring of 2012.
As for Russell, Schaefer really has no hard feelings. In fact, he still respects him as a referee. â€œI really think Pat Russell had…and you canâ€™t even say he had an off-night. He admitted in the interview he did with [Maxboxing] he just didnâ€™t see it. And I think that happens. Nobody is perfect and sees everything. Itâ€™s impossible. So Iâ€™m really giving him the benefit of the doubt. I just think if theyâ€™re going to make arguments that it wasnâ€™t a foul and that it was legal and all this kind of thing, thatâ€™s when Iâ€™m going to have a problem but I highly doubt that the California commission is going to take that kind of approach. Itâ€™s impossible.â€