Boxing: Hopkins floored by 'dirty tactics'

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The Independent Online

Bernard Hopkins was stopped for the first time in his career in bizarre fashion on Saturday, unable to continue in the WBC light heavyweight title fight after Chad Dawson lifted him and tossed him to the canvas in the second round. Dawson claimed the belt from the 46-year-old Hopkins after referee Pat Russell's contentious decision that Dawson hadn't fouled Hopkins.

"They want me out of boxing, and this is one way to do it," Hopkins said. "Chad Dawson wanted to rough me up with dirty tactics."

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