By Chris Williams: For what it’s worth, the October 15th bout between WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson will be taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California instead of the previous location of New Jersey. I won’t go into the boring and drawn out pablum of why the fight was moved, but suffice to say the fight will likely draw as well in Los Angeles as it would have in New Jersey.
I seriously doubt the fight will come close to selling out. It’s going to be shown on HBO pay per view. It’s likely going to do horribly on PPV, and I can’t imagine it bringing in even decent numbers. It’s a fight that should be on regular HBO, because I can’t see too many boxing fans wanting to fork out the cash to see this fight. I’d watch it around $1, but that would be a stretch.
Actually, if I had a good pot of coffee and some scotch to spike it with, I’d maybe string for the $1 but without medication to put me in the mood to watch what will likely be a boring fight, I wouldn’t pay for this fight if my life depended on it. I was bored to tears watching Hopkins’s last four fights against Enrique Ornelas, Roy Jones Jr and his two fights with Jean Pascal. And Dawson looked horrible losing to Pascal and looked equally bad in beating Adrian Diaconu recently.
The undercard of the Hopkins-Dawson fight hasn’t really taken shape, as the only fight on the undercard thus far is a bout between Antonio DeMarco and Jorge Linares. It’s a decent bout but not one where I would want to pay to see it. Money is hard to come by. Can’t be just throwing it away for fights like this. It’s got to be something special for me to want to pay to see a fight. I want to see blood and tears. Hopkins is going to need to really start selling this fight for me to be tempted because right now I’m not feeling it.