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Bernard Hopkins to Face Chad Dawson on Oct. 15

WBC light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins has confirmed his first title defense will be against Chad Dawson on October 15.

WBC light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins has confirmed his first title defense will be against Chad Dawson on October 15.

Hopkins broke the news earlier tonight via Twitter. Both men posted victories on HBO’s May 21 card in Montreal. Dawson won a methodical decision over Adrian Diaconu in his first bout since losing the WBC title to Jean Pascal last summer. In the main event, Hopkins made history in decisioning Jean Pascal to become the oldest fighter to ever win a major title.

At press time, a fight location has not been announced. Both Hopkins and Dawson trainer Emanuel Steward have been receptive about returning to Montreal.

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Good news. Before the Pascal fight, I thought Dawson had a style Hopkins wanted no parts of. The fact that B-Hop kept putting off the fight seemed to confirm my suspicions. But considering how passive Dawson was with Pascal, and his struggles adapting to Steward’s instructions against Dianconu , this is the perfect time for Hopkins to face him. Dawson has the physical tools to win, but I’m favoring Hopkins to outwit yet another young lion. Who do you see coming out on top?

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