Hopkins vs Dawson Undercard: Holt vs Matthysse, Linares vs DeMarco Rumored

Jorge Linares could be part of the Hopkins vs Dawson card. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Corey Erdman reports at BoxingScene.com that two solid fights are being seriously discussed for the October 15 HBO pay-per-view undercard of the Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson show.

The first is a fight that was previously reported as being in talks, between 140-pound contenders Lucas Matthysse and Kendall Holt. Both fighters have a history of being plenty exciting, and it's good to see Matthysse in line for another worthwhile fight after getting the short end of the scorecards against Zab Judah and Devon Alexander, both in very arguably fashion. Matthysse (28-2, 26 KO) is realistically one of the best junior welterweights in the world, and Holt (27-4, 15 KO) has that kind of talent when he's on his game. He looked explosive when knocking out Julio Diaz on a monster left hook on May 13.

The vacant WBC lightweight title could also be up for grabs if Golden Boy and Gary Shaw Productions can finalize a third co-promoted fight on the card between Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KO) and Jorge Linares (31-1, 20 KO). That's a very intriguing fight on paper, as DeMarco didn't look so great beating Reyes Sanchez in February, but Linares still hasn't broken through with a big win despite his obvious talent. He'll also be under question when it comes to his chin until he gets that breakout win, and DeMarco, while no world-beater, would be a nice fight for him.

All in all, it could turn into a card that at least would look like the promoters really tried. Whether or not it sells, I still doubt, but this would be a nice trio of fights, plus whatever else they add for the fourth bout.

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