Hopkins makes quick exit after Dawson loss without giving post-fight interview
By Jim Dower: Former WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins made a quick beeline to the exit last night after the results were announced in his 12 round majority decision loss to Chad Dawson. Hopkins didn’t hang around to give an interview to HBO analyst Max Kellerman to give his views on the fight.
That’s too bad, because Hopkins should have stayed and at least congratulated Dawson for his victory. Dawson was saying a lot of good things about Hopkins when he was being interviewed after the fight by Kellerman. Even if Hopkins wouldn’t give Dawson his props for a good performance, he should have still stuck around to talk about the fight.
It looks bad when a fighter like Hopkins bails immediately after losing. You like to see a fighter taking responsibility for their losses and to acknowledge it. Hopkins obviously thinks he won the fight, just as he thought he won in his 12 round decision defeat against Joe Calzaghe in 2008. But hopefully when Hopkins sees the video of his defeat to Dawson, he’ll come to terms with his loss and openly admit that he got beat by a better fighter.
Maybe Hopkins could do better on a different night against Dawson, but on this night, Hopkins didn’t have any answers to what Dawson was doing in the fight and he failed to throw enough punches. Hopkins looked like a poor sport by now sticking around to deconstruct his loss. It doesn’t matter if he agrees with the decision, a fighter should stick around to talk. I think it hurts the sport when a fighter storms off and doesn’t give his two cents after a fight. Hopkins’ fans wanted to hear him talk, and yet he quickly left the ring without even discussing the fight.
Hopkins lost by the scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 114-114. I agree with the 117-111, and I don’t see any reason why the fight was scored 114-114. I certainly don’t think he did enough to beat Dawson. No way. Dawson was the younger, stronger, quicker and busier guy last night and he deserved to win.