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Hopkins-Dawson bout ruled no contest

5. BERNARD HOPKINS The 45-year-old light-heavyweight warhorse has

The 45-year-old light-heavyweight warhorse has lost three close decisions in the past five years, but he gave Kelly Pavlik his only other loss just two years ago. His resume is long and impressive, and WBC champ Jean Pascal better be ready on Dec. 18 when Hopkins tries to top George Foreman as the oldest to win a title. Credit: AP

Bernard Hopkins scored another victory on Tuesday. But this time he didn’t have throw a punch or even step into a ring.

The California State Athletic Commission overturned Hopkins’ second-round TKO loss to Chad Dawson at the Staples Center on October 15 to a no-decision. Hopkins (52-5-2) retains is WBC light heavyweight title.

"Justice was served today," Hopkins said. "I am thrilled that the California State Athletic Commission did the right thing and removed that loss from my record. Mistakes happen, but what you do to fix those mistakes is what counts."

Dawson was awarded a 2nd-round TKO after Hopkins fell to the floor following a clinch and suffered a shoulder injury. Hopkins camp, along with Golden Boy Promotions criticized the initial ruling.

"The footage of the fight that was reviewed over and over again, proved to be the key testimony," said Hopkins. "I think it came down to the tape. Both of our sides were making good points, but it was a dinner without a turkey. The tape was the turkey. I am happy this ordeal is over. Now I can focus on continuing to rehab my shoulder and get ready to fight again, hopefully early next year. I will start my usual boxing routine in a couple of weeks and get ready to defend my titles again."

It marks the loss of another belt for Dawson (30-1), although New Haven resident was actually stripped of the previous light heavyweight titles (WBC, IBF) he held.

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