Two men guaranteed to be tuning in to this evening’s blockbuster WBC world light-heavyweight clash between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson are Frank Warren Promotion’s brace of world class 175-pounders, WBO king Nathan Cleverly and British champ Tony Bellew.
The 47-year-old future Hall of Famer told a media roundtable that he was the ‘last of a dying breed’ as he prepared to face a man 18-years his junior in a contest many are not giving him a chance in.
Super Six finalists Carl Froch and Andre Ward continued to answer questions ahead of their final Q&A session on December 17 when the pair will resolve to find the answer to who is the best super-middleweight in the world. Here’s what was said when the WBC and WBA titleholders dialed into a conference call with the world’s press this week…
Dawson won the WBC title on October 15 after appearing to throw the veteran to the canvas causing him to pick up a shoulder injury that rendered him unfit to continue.
There was a huge crowd turnout for WBC welterweight champion Ortiz who weighed in at 147lbs on the button, and hometown fighter Mayweather was roundly booed when he took to the scales to be recorded at 146.5lbs.
Pascal revealed that Bute has turned down an offer to fight him four times saying the undefeated fighter continually faced opponents that are ‘below his level’.