Advertisement
Advertisement

Stevenson-Hopkins: Schaefer Mulling Location Options

by David P. Greisman

The bottom line is that the location for a potential fight between light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and unified titleholder Bernard Hopkins will be decided by the bottom line.

“If it’s going to be Stevenson next, if that’s what we want to do, it might be here [in Washington, D.C.], it might be at the Barclays Center [in Brooklyn, NY.], it might be in Canada. I mean, we’re going to go where we can make the most money,” Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions said shortly after Hopkins defeated Beibut Shumenov at the D.C. Armory on Saturday.

Said Hopkins: “I’ll go anywhere they pay the most. You know how Richard thinks. He’s an ex-banker. … I’ve been to Canada. I love Canada. They’ve got a big fan base for Bernard Hopkins up there. And let me tell you something: This fight would do well at the MGM [Grand in Las Vegas], but this is his [Schaefer’s] job.”

Hopkins has fought twice in Canada, both times against Jean Pascal — for their draw in Quebec City in 2010 and Hopkins’ rematch win in 2011. Stevenson is based out of the province of Quebec. He’s spoken before about making deals that make him the most money,  though, which explains why his fight with Andrzej Fonfara on May 24 will be on Showtime instead of on HBO. Showtime reportedly made an offer of more than 40 percent than HBO’s bid, and the Showtime deal didn’t tie Stevenson to facing light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev immediately afterward.

Instead we could end up seeing Stevenson vs. Hopkins soon.

“I think it’s a terrific matchup,” Schaefer said. “I believe it’s a big fight for Bernard, a big fight for Stevenson. I’m going to talk to Al [Haymon, Stevenson’s adviser] and we’ll put it where we can make the most money. I will get it done.”

Pick up a copy of David’s new book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide. Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 04-21-2014

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;14450990]I know, I know, and if Adonis can land hard enough and often enough he'll take Fonfara out, which is, in all honesty the most likely result but there is a chance cos Fonfara is experienced at the highest level…

Comment by JDD1 on 04-21-2014

Assuming stevenson beats fonfara he'll be the lineal LHW champ who completely selss out Montreal. Why would the fight be anywhere else?

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 04-21-2014

[QUOTE=The Raw Dog;14449524]Make it Toranto[/QUOTE] Do you mean Toronto? Would be a good choice if it wasn't Stevenson because he's HUGELY popular in MTL not so much in the rest of Canada let alone Toronto. Also, Montreal and Toronto hate…

Comment by MrRolltide91 on 04-21-2014

Its gotta be in Canada

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 04-21-2014

[QUOTE=thack;14449205]Even at nearly 50 Hopkins is still capable of fiddling his way past some one with the limited skills of a Stevenson but Stevensons whack makes it interesting. It would be bad news to end up in a care home…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (22)
Top Headlines Casey Ramos Faces Paredes on Top Rank Bill, 7/16 on UniMas Joseph Parker Embraces Anthony Joshua Title Fight For The Fall Mayweather Admits: For The 'Right Price' I Might Come Back! Mikaela Lauren-Klara Svensson Showdown Set For Sept. 10 Mayweather Backs Golden Boy's Decision on Canelo-Golovkin Freddie Roach Feels Albert Pagara Could Be Future World Champ "Fighting Words" - Keith Thurman: Once Upon A "One Time" Golovkin vs. Eubank Deal Hangs in The Balance Over Sky Money Deontay Wilder To Anthony Joshua: Why Wait? Let's Fight Now! Photos: Mayweather Hits BET Awards, Laila Ali Honors Father Video: Peter Quillin Discusses The Future of His Career Thurman: Porter Was Good With Pressure But Wasn't Effective Video: Chris Eubank Jr. Eager To Get Hands on Gennady Golovkin Video: Demetrius Andrade Rips Canelo, Talks Lara and Charlos NYSAC Doctor Explains Controversial Benavidez-Ntetu Stoppage Video: Sergio Martinez Gives Take on Canelo-Golovkin Situation Orlando Salido Still Confident He Did Enough To Unseat Vargas UKAD Refuses To Comment on Tyson Fury Doping Allegations Video: Daniel Jacobs on Thurman-Porter, Mora Rematch, More Thurman: One Win Won't Make Me Fill Mayweather's Shoes Video: Malignaggi Gives His Take on Canelo-Golovkin Situation DiBella: Thurman-Porter Edged Vargas-Salido for Fight of the Year Video: Anthony Joshua Details Breazeale KO, Future Targets Video: George Groves on Murray Win, World Title Shot Next Video: Eddie Hearn on Golovkin vs. Eubank, Joshua vs. Parker Eubank Jr: I Can't Wait To Take Golovkin's Scalp in England! Video: Jessie Vargas Reacts To Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter Thurman-Porter Most Watched Bout of 2016 To Date Anthony Johsua: Wilder, Fury, Haye - I'd Fight Any of Them! Video: Dominic Breazeale Reflects on KO Loss To Anthony Joshua Photos: Anthony Joshua Beats Up Breazeale, Knocks Him Out Team Fury Vehemently Denies Doping Allegations Anthony Joshua Eyes November Defense, With Joseph Parker Photos: Thurman vs. Porter Barclays War - MONSTER Gallery Keith Thurman Reiterates Desire To Fight Danny Garcia Video: Keith Thurman Talks Porter Win, Mayweather, The Future Photos: George Groves Shows Class in Win Over Martin Murray Photos: Eubank Sends Message To Golovkin by Crushing Doran Hearn: Canelo Lost Face, Eubank Ready To Face Golovkin! David Haye: Joshua is Not Anywhere Near Enough To Beat Me!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement