Watching the fight right now. Maybe I am seeing things but after 4 rounds I got it even. But that's probably because the vid is in terrible quality. For those of you who haven't seen the fight, it's up on YT.
As for the ring girls...one long DAAAAAAAMN!
5th round Dawson, clearly. Landed nice combo on the ropes at the begining of the round and did all the work that round. Hated the acting of Hopkins at the end when he went through the ropes
Ridiculous...48 - 47 Chad
6th round Dawson. B-Hop doesn't throw.
7th round Dawson as well. Same as in 6th. B-Hop doesn't give the judges too much to think about. 68 - 65 Chad
8th round Dawson. His best round imo. Landed a nice right hook at the beginning. Bhop landed a nice left hook. But Dawson did more towards the end - nice uppercut. 78 - 74 Chad
9th round Dawson. Not much happened but dawson edged it out with a combo on the ropes towards the end of the round. 88 - 83 Chad
10th round Dawson. Hopkins is clearly trying to do him dirty now. Standard round. 98 - 93 Chad
11th round Dawson. B-Hop is having some moments there, but I liked Chad more in that round. 108 - 102
12th round I got it even.
118 - 112 final scores. Chad won it, but I was expecting him to be a bit more agressive. I wish he would have used his athletic ability more. But all in all, a good, focused, "man on the mission" kind of performance. Big props to Rafael Garcia, he did a great work on those cuts.
As for B-Hop it's hard to say what is next for him. He is not done in my eyes, he still has a bit in the tank, but I'd like to see him retire as he got nothing to prove to anyone. As Max Kellerman pointed out, his body finally looks to be wearing out. I noticed it during the weigh-in but it was even more visible during the fight. Not that Bernard ever had a big muscle definition but it seems to be going...
Surprisingly good fight.