This past Saturday night, "Bad" Chad Dawson was awarded a second-round TKO victory over Hopkins after the future first ballot hall of famer was propelled to the ring canvas by a shoulder shove and dislocated a joint in his left shoulder Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
In the modern era of sports entertainment, the positive or negative character of a sports icon usually isn't a large factor when determining whether or not he will become the "face" of the sport...especially within the hurt business of boxing.
After becoming a professional boxer in 2006 and diligently working his way up through the middleweight division rankings, Manny Steward protégé Irish Andy Lee has finally made an impressive mark in front of a large discerning HBO audience by decisively outboxing the always formidable Brian Vera.
At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, "Bad" Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) challenges boxing icon Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) for his WBC Diamond and Ring magazine Light Heavyweight titles in the main event of the four-fight "Believe it or not!" Pay-Per-View event this Saturday night.
"'There comes a time in the life of every human when he or she must decide to risk "his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor" on an outcome dubious. Those who fail the challenge are merely overgrown children, can never be anything else" – Robert Heinlein, (Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961)
It's Christmas morning for Raul Martinez and the IBF Super Flyweight title is nestled safely under the tree.
In life, people often lose focus and direction when their occupations become considerably less stimulating than a "labor of love". Most individuals find solace in other areas when a job is not as fulfilling as once imagined.