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On The Fly column
New Haven's Chad Dawson steps into the ring for the biggest bout of his career Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. His opponent is 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins, the WBC light-heavyweight champion. Dawson (30-1, 17 knockouts) has his share of critics based on a style that relies on a high level of skill that some have labeled boring. It's something Dawson has been hearing for years, but the national media are reviving the story in advance of the Hopkins showdown. For real boxing fans, there's nothing boring about Dawson and athleticism in the ring. If he beats Hopkins, he'll elevate his status in the boxing world and can proudly wear another belt whether he's considered boring or not.