STILL THE MAIN MAN: Bernard Hopkins
VETERAN PUGILIST Bernard Hopkins has been reinstated as the WBC light-heavyweight champion. Hopkins lost his crown after his controversial defeat by Chad Dawson at the weekend but that decision has been overturned.
Hopkins claimed he could not continue after hurting his shoulder when he was lifted off his feet and dumped on the canvas by Dawson. The referee stopped the fight and gave Dawson the win on a technical knockout. However, after a review, the WBC changed the result to a technical draw, allowing Hopkins to keep his title.
Hopkins, who suffered a dislocation of the joint connecting his left shoulder and collarbone, was furious with referee Pat Russell's decision in Los Angeles and after the fight the 46-year-old filed a formal complaint to the California boxing authorities.
But now in a statement, WBC president Jose Sulaiman said the WBC ‘respects and cannot intervene in the decisions of the boxing commissions where the fights happen, but it does intervene in regards of the recognition of a WBC title of the world.’
Hopkins, nicknamed The Executioner, believes he should have won the fight by Dawson's disqualification.
In May, Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a boxing world championship when he defeated Jean Pascal, eclipsing the record held by George Foreman, who regained the world heavyweight title at 45.