• Bernard Hopkins v Chad Dawson

Hopkins' rematch hopes fading

ESPN staff
October 17, 2011

The chance of a rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson appears remote after both fighters' promoters played down the prospect.

Dawson claimed the WBC light-heavyweight crown from Hopkins at the weekend in controversial circumstances, with Hopkins unable to continue in the second round due to injury having been forced to the floor.

It was the first time Hopkins had been beaten within the distance in his career and, given the unsatisfactory ending, a rematch appeared probable - but after the bout neither camp showed a willingness to reopen talks.

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who looks after Hopkins, said: "There was no interest in any radio or TV outlet in talking to Dawson. He doesn't add anything to the promotion."

Meanwhile, Dawson's promoter Gary Shaw hinted his man would be willing to relinquish the title if the WBC tried to force the fighters to meet again. "We've given up belts before," Shaw said.

Hopkins, who became the oldest world champion in history earlier this year, has suggested he will now contemplate giving up the sport, while Dawson faces the prospect of a unification showdown with WBO king Nathan Cleverly.

Cleverly retained his title in a thriller against Tony Bellew on Saturday, and has subsequently confirmed his interest in taking on Dawson or the WBA champion Beibut Shumenov.

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