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Hopkins: Pascal Rematch Part of Three Fight HBO Deal

By Mark Vester

Last year, HBO passed on Bernard Hopkins' December challenge of WBC/IBO light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs). The network reportedly had no interest in televising Hopkins (51-5-2, 31 KOs) after carrying his lackluster rematch win over Roy Jones Jr. Because of HBO's decision, Showtime televised what became one of Hopkins' best performances in years. Hopkins fought Pascal to a controversial twelve round draw. Many observers scored the fight for Hopkins and the WBC ordered an immediate rematch.

A few months later, HBO has a new position on Hopkins. The former champion, 46, tells USA Today that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has worked out a three-fight deal with HBO, with a possible fourth fight in the deal. The first fight of the deal is the May 21 rematch with Pascal, which is likely going to take place in Quebec City.

"Richard Schaefer structured it with HBO for a three-fight deal, with possibly another fight after that," Hopkins said. "My hit list is Pascal first, Chad Dawson, and Lucian Bute. … For me to be in this position to do this at my advancing age will outdo anything I've ever done in my career, and I'd like to thank (the WBC) again for doing the right thing."

Former champion Chad Dawson will appear in the HBO televised co-feature with a guaranteed shot at the main event, so Hopkins can achieve the goal of facing him next. IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute is another story. He recently signed an exclusive contract with Showtime and the first fight of that deal will take place on March 19 against Brian Magee.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scott9945 on 02-10-2011

[quote=onechance87;10084525]hbo are lacking stars.[/quote] [B][I][FONT=Arial] [/FONT][/I][/B] [B][I][FONT=Arial]Not nearly as much as they are lacking good management. Ross Greenberg and Kery Davis absolutely have to go.[/FONT][/I][/B]

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 02-10-2011

Good god. 3 more Soapy fights. :omfg:

Comment by ATG Fighter on 02-10-2011

They better have given him this 3 fight deal with certain conditions otherwise HBO is really desperate now!

Comment by FloydTBE on 02-10-2011

bhop - pascal bhop - dawson

Comment by Iceta Lives on 02-10-2011

Hopkins is like a roulette wheel with his entertainment value. He can be semi exciting and unbearable to watch, and it is kind of weird to me. It seems like all the good to decent or interesting fights he has…

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