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Paul Williams wants Bernard Hopkins at 168 pounds

Box_f_williams_576_medium Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports that promoter Dan Goossen brought up the possibility of his fighter, Paul Williams, taking on former middleweight and light heavyweight world champion at 168 pounds sometime in the future. Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer declined to comment on the idea.

Williams will be facing the returning Winky Wright, who lost to Hopkins in his last fight in 2007, on April 11 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Pugmire also reports that the fight -- which probably belongs somewhere else -- is being "economically priced." You can get a ticket and room package as cheap as $210 combined for the fight, which is nice to see. It's also because Vegas is a ghost town these days.

Wright commented that he wished he hadn't taken so long off, but he's back to prove himself as one of the best in the world still. Vegas has Williams as a -160 favorite.

Williams not only wants Hopkins, but middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik, welterweight titlist Shane Mosley and retired two-division champion Joe Calzaghe. He will likely get none of them. I could see Mosley fighting him because Shane's made a career of giving guys chances to fight him when they weren't huge money deals (including Winky), but this is an old Shane at the end of his career, too. Still a great fighter, but he's just logically near the end of his line. Paul simply isn't worth much money, as good as he is.

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