Hopkins-Dawson in Montreal?; GYM-Golden Boy; More

By Richard Cloutier

A record crowd of over 17,000 people gathered last Saturday at the Bell Centre to see Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, 46, defeat Jean Pascal to become the oldest world champion in boxing history, eclipsing the previous record set by George Foreman. Afterwards, Pascal, 28 expressed interest in a Hopkins trilogy and said "this is not the end, this is only the beginning," while Hopkins expressed interest in returning to Canada to face Montreal boxer Lucian Bute, but the IBF super middleweight champion is under an exclusive deal with Showtime. Hopkins has a two fight deal remaining with HBO, including an upcoming fight against Chad Dawson. According to CEO Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, a Hopkins-Dawson clash could possibly take place in Montreal.

Montreal promoter Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) has taken some hits in the last few months but Yvon Michel is not worried.

"For my part, despite the recent losses by David Lemieux, Jean Pascal and Adrian Diaconu, who GYM has a 50% share of the promotional contract, I'm not worried. First, like David Lemieux, has only slipped to fifth in the world, and Jean Pascal should not fall much in the rankings, given the quality of the adversity he faced in Hopkins," Michel said. 

Also, the Montreal firm counts among its ranks two boxers that can quickly be engaged in world championship fights, with Antonin Decarie and NABA super middleweight Adonis Stevenson. Moreover, welterweight Kevin Bizier is literally knocking at the door of the world rankings. Finally, we forget that the world aspiring Toronto boxer Troy Ross is also linked to GYM. The latter confirmed to, he should be involved in an eliminator for the IBF world title against Herbie Hide (49-4-0) of England on the 24th of June.

In July, GYM is planning a gala event in Quebec. The gala will be presented with the participation of broadcaster ESPN. However, as explained in - Antonin Decarie and Adonis Stevenson will appear in individual fights.  ESPN is coming to Quebec with the intention of producing the show in 3-D. Indeed, the U.S. network has shown a few boxing cards with 3-D technology since February. A fantastic viewing experience, but requires a technical environment that can not be reproduced in Quebec. We should know more about the outcome of this card pretty quickly. Rumors of a gala in Ottawa before the fall, the possible return of David Lemieux in the ring in the fall and finally, the possible return of Jean Pascal in Quebec in December are the other options currently on the table with the local scene.

Moreover, as we previously reported that InterBox has created links with Top Rank, GYM is also changing its approach with the promotional links of their boxers. spoke with Yvon Michel about the rumors of a partnership between GYM and the California company Golden Boy Promotions. The latter said that nothing was finalized, but there were discussions.

"We discussed the possibility. It would allow some of our boxers to go there (Editor's note: California and Nevada) and also to bring some of their boxers to our area. I don't have any idea on when this might happen, but we think that we can start putting things together this fall," Michel said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ssop on 05-26-2011

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;10604429]B.Hop wanted Atlantic City or Connecticut but he feels like ppl won't come check it out :boxing:[/QUOTE] That is why i think that he kind of like Montreal also having 17500 fans chearing and $$$ that comes with it.

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 05-26-2011

B.Hop wanted Atlantic City or Connecticut but he feels like ppl won't come check it out :boxing:

Comment by ssop on 05-26-2011

I wont be surprise if there is a Pascal-Hopkins #3. HBO just made there best score in 3 years and Montreal had became a boxing capital like Las Vegas. The fans are present to every events.

Comment by Iceta Lives on 05-25-2011

I hope Hopkins knocks this dude out when they fight. Or at least batter him for twelve rounds if nothing else. Because I don't see the fight being exciting if one of those two things don't happen because we know…

Comment by Uncle Sam on 05-25-2011

[QUOTE=ssop;10600930]Brillant man"""" Why this site is tolering stupid comments like this[/QUOTE] Don't get your panties in a bunch. I love Canadian jailbait. And seeing Canadian fighters strewn across the canvas with an American standing over their body. :) But I'll…

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