Hopkins plans appeal

Bernard Hopkins has an appeal planned over a controversial call and rehabilitation ahead for a significant shoulder injury. When those issues are settled, Hopkins will have a new priority at the top of his list. Finding his next opponent. The 46-year-old told the Associated Press he will not retire because of his injured left shoulder and the disputed call that cost him his WBC light heavyweight championship on Saturday night. “I am going to fight again because I’m still the champion,” he said. He feels strongly that his appeal will be upheld and his title restored. Hopkins was stopped for the first time in a 23-year career when Chad Dawson dumped him to the canvas late in the second round. No punch, with more of a push that injured the shoulder. The referee ruled there was no foul and the belt was awarded to Dawson via TKO when Hopkins couldn’t continue. – AP

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