Los Angeles – Six years after making his historic twentieth middleweight title defense against Howard Eastman at Staples Center, future Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Bernard Hopkins will returns to defend his light heavyweight title against Chad Dawson.
ESPN is reporting that Hopkins will fight Dawson on October 15, with the contest being carried by HBO Pay Per View. Boxing insiders question the fiscal viability of a pay per view featuring a 46-year-old Hopkins against an East Coast fighter with a limited fan base.
As for selling tickets at Staples Center, Hopkins' 2005 appearance brought in approximately 13,000 spectators – about average for boxing events held at Staples. The most people to attend a boxing event were the 20,820 Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito put in the seats; the least were the roughly 6,000 which witnessed Victor Ortiz quit against Marcos Maidana.
An official announcement has not been made for Hopkins-Dawson, but it is also reported that the card will feature a lightweight fight between Jorge Linares and Antonio DeMarco.