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Pascal-Hopkins Rematch Ordered, Purse Bid on Feb. 4

By Richard Cloutier

A vote taken by the Board of Governors of the WBC was released on Thursday and the sanctioning body has ordered a rematch between Bernard Hopkins and their reigning light heavyweight champion, Jean Pascal. From what BoxingScene.com/Netboxe.com has learned, the two sides have 30 days to reach an agreement. If they fail, a purse bid will be held in Mexico City on February 4. The winner of the battle will then be required to compete with former champion Chad Dawson.

On December 18 in Quebec City at the Pepsi Coliseum, a packed arena saw Pascal and Hopkins fight to a twelve round majority decision. American network Showtime televised the clash and said their ratings were the highest in years.

"They will not have to chase me. I want another fight against Bernard Hopkins to prove that I am better than him and to demonstrate that the judges were wrong," said Jean Pascal to BoxingScene.com/Netboxe.com on December 21.

Despite the directive of WBC and the wishes expressed by Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins, we must remember that Chad Dawson, who lost an eleven round technical decision to Pascal in August 2010, has a contract clause requiring Pascal to fight him next. This contractual obligation could force Pascal to ignore the ruling of the WBC, which is likely going to cost him the sanctioning organization's title.

The interest of the American television networks, Showtime and HBO, could ultimately dictate the sequence of events. Indeed, if there is no doubt about the willingness of Showtime to televise a Pascal vs. Hopkins rematch, then the champion will have to see what HBO decides on a possible Pascal vs. Dawson return bout. As part of the Pascal-Dawson contract clause, the rematch must have the financial support of a major cable network.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by muddogg on 01-08-2011

[QUOTE=j.one;9924662]The **** you mean this kinda corruption, the man was robbed and finally some justice is served for once and this will assure us a good fight sooner rather than later for once as well. More stuff like this needs…

Comment by j.one on 01-08-2011

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;9918181]Simply ridiculous How can these commisions simply demand the champ fight a non-mandatory? I would love to see this rematch but this sort of corruption has got to stop[/QUOTE] The **** you mean this kinda corruption, the man was…

Comment by £-4-£ on 01-08-2011

It is fair because B-Hop won that fight. BUT.. Pascal has a contractual obligation to fight Dawson next and he has to honour that or else Dawson will take legal action. So Pascal has no choice but to relinquish his…

Comment by muddogg on 01-08-2011

[QUOTE=daggum;9921218]why can't the wbc strip pascal so hopkins can fight dawson for it. why would dawson take a rematch with pascal over a hopkins fight? hopkins is a legend and he will probably get robbed even if he does beat…

Comment by kingfaze19 on 01-07-2011

hahahaa, thats funny aint nobody tryna see pascal-dawson rematch now, whats the point of that sht. . dawson-cloud (undercard) pascal-hopkins II (main event) ...... winner fights each other and call it a day

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