Hopkins vs Dawson final presser pictures
Naturally Hopkins was more outspoken on the topic, challenging Dawson to knock him out and discrediting Winky Wright’s role in his opponent’s camp, having previously lost to B-Hop.
‘If Dawson brings everything to the table and I bring everything to the table, the people who buy the pay-per-view won’t be disappointed,’ said Hopkins. ‘Then you have a party, then you have a fight!
‘He's got Winky. Fine. I don’t understand why you hire a guy to help you take the drivers test who failed his. I’m challenging Chad Dawson to knock me out. I want the best Dawson.
‘My goal is to be fighter of the year, to make history again. There aren’t any athletes four years from 50 in any sport to do it. This is the fight where you’re going to say we thought we had seen it all, but we didn’t.’
Dawson, on the other hand, was a lot less bashful and spoke state he would be the new champion on fight night. ‘To be fighting against a great champ like Bernard Hopkins is a dream. Saturday night I'm going to be the new champion of the world... Believe It!’ said Dawson.
Bernard Hopkins tells the media he wants to be fighter of the year at the final press conference for his October 15 title defence against Chad Dawson
Chad Dawson and promoter Gary Shaw offer their opinions on how Saturday night will unfold
B-Hop poses by his record-breaking waxwork for Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, being the first boxer to be honoured by the wacky wonders exhibitors
Hopkins and Dawson face off
Hopkins and Dawson pose with the rest of the undercard billing, including (from left to right) Paulie Malignaggi, Danny Garcia, Jorge Linares, Antonio DeMarco, Kendall Holt and Orlando Lora
Photos by Gene Blevins for Hoganphotos and Golden Boy Promotions