Bernard Hopkins' camp appeals Dawson decision

Posted: October 20, 2011

BERNARD HOPKINS' promoters have formally filed an appeal of Hopkins' controversial loss to Chad Dawson with the California State Athletic Commission.

George Dodd, the executive director of the commission, confirmed the filing by Golden Boy Promotions and said the appeal will be heard at a Dec. 13 meeting in Los Angeles.

Hopkins (52-6-2) lost via controversial TKO in the second round Saturday at Staples Center. Dawson dumped Hopkins to the canvas with what looked more like a shove and Hopkins suffered a dislocated left shoulder. Referee Pat Russell said there was no foul and awarded the WBC light- heavyweight title to Dawson.

The commission could uphold the result of the fight or could declare the bout a no-contest, which Hopkins was seeking in the ring. If the bout is declared a no-contest, Hopkins would retain the title.

It is unlikely the decision will impact the purses. Hopkins received $1 million and Dawson got $800,000.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer did not return phone calls from the Daily News.

Golden Boy also will ask the WBC and The Ring Magazine to recognize Hopkins as the champion.

The possibility could exist that the WBC and California State Athletic Commission come to different conclusions. The commission could determine that Dawson won the bout and the referee ruled correctly, but the WBC could decide not to recognize Dawson as its champion.

President Jose Sulaiman said on the WBC website that the organization has been in contact with the California commission to see if it is possible to have a joint study of the incident. Sulaiman also said the WBC is not objecting to the decision of the referee, but wants to make sure the ruling is in accordance with WBC rules.

The WBC indicated that it hoped to have a decision by the end of the week.

"A boxing commission can take independent decisions regarding results," the WBC said in a statement, "but the World Boxing Council . . . must take charge of the world title results that only correspond to the organization."

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