It only took 48 hours for the 16, 333-seat Pepsi Coliseum to nearly sell out its capacity for December 18’s light-heavyweight title match between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal.
The news was verified by Pascal promoter Groupe Yvon Michel, who stated that over 15,000 have been sold. Of that amount, 6,000 were sold in the first 30 minutes.
Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs), who is just beginning to build an American reputation courtesy of his recent win over Chad Dawson, has emerged as the most popular fighter in Canada behind Lucian Bute. The Haitian-born Canadian has defended his WBC title three times against Silvio Branco, Adrian Diaconu, and Chad Dawson since winning it in June 2009.
The 45-year-old Bernard Hopkins will be looking to regain the linear light-heavyweight title. He lost that distinction following a decision loss to Joe Calzaghe in 2008.
Hopkins vs. Pascal will air live on Showtime Championship Boxing at 10 PM ET.
At press time, less than 1,000 tickets remain available.