The California State Athletic Commission has overturned Bernard Hopkins’ second-round TKO loss to Chad Dawson in October, declaring the bout to be a no-decision.
The commission’s move Tuesday means the 46-year-old Hopkins still has never lost a fight by stoppage in his 23-year career.
Referee Pat Russell initially ruled Dawson hadn’t fouled Hopkins when he crouched and rose up underneath the leaning champion and shrugged him to the canvas at Staples Center. Hopkins said he couldn’t continue after separating his shoulder in the fall.
Dawson already kept his light heavyweight title belt when the WBC returned it to him five days after the fight. The WBC decided the fight was a technical draw.
Hopkins says justice was served by the commission’s ruling, and he hopes to fight again early next year.