Two compelling storylines played out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles - one that produced a fairytale ending and the other that ended in a controversial call.
Dewey Bozella, a 52-year-old cruiserweight who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, won his professional boxing debut by a unanimous decision in a four-round match against Larry Hopkins.
But Bernard Hopkins, 46, failed in his attempt to become the oldest boxer to defend a world title when he lost to Chad Dawson early Sunday morning. Dawson won the fight by a technical knockout in the second round.
After Hopkins threw a right and leaned over Dawson, the latter threw him on to the canvas.
Hopkins landed on his left shoulder.
The referee did not call it a foul, and Dawson won the fight on a technical knockout.
The crowd erupted in boos.
Hopkins, who first became a world champion 16 years ago, made history in May when he was awarded a points victory over Canadian Jean Pascal to become the sport's oldest-ever holder of a global belt.
With the win in Montreal, Hopkins surpassed the record held by compatriot George Foreman.
But on Sunday morning, the World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion, was upstaged by a much younger opponent.
Dawson, currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the fourth-best light heavyweight in the world, is 29 - 17 years younger than the Pennsylvania-born Hopkins.
In the first fight of the night, Bozella won with a hard right to his opponent's jaw.
Bozella served time in New York's Sing Sing prison after he was found guilty of murder in 1983. His conviction was overturned two years ago.FULL STORY