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Hopkins vs Dawson Update: Fight Will Be On HBO PPV

Chad Dawson as a pay-per-view headliner? We're at that point. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Chad Dawson as a pay-per-view headliner? We're at that point. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Bernard Hopkins said earlier tonight that his fight with Chad Dawson is set for October 15 with HBO carrying, but neglected to mention another important tidbit: The fight will be on pay-per-view, according to Steve Kim.

Ok, a few things from Richard Schaefer- he does NOT have a twitter account(LOL) and Hops-Dawson will be on PPV on Oct 15... #boxingless than a minute ago via UberSocial Favorite Retweet Reply

Kim says that the decision was made because of budget concerns, but I'll tell you right now: If this fight has any significant success whatsoever on pay-per-view, I will be stunned. The last two times Hopkins has been on pay-per-view, the fights were big flops against Kelly Pavlik and Roy Jones Jr; the latter deserved it, but the Pavlik fight was a huge disappointment for HBO and the promoters.

And Chad Dawson, who has no fanbase and is regarded as a tentative, often unexciting fighter, is not likely to change that any. I think people like to see Hopkins do his thing -- he did a good rating on HBO against Jean Pascal on May 21, but I don't know that they're going to want to pay $50+ to see him and Dawson engage in a fight that many are worried will be ugly to watch given the natures of the two fighters. While I don't think Hopkins is near as dull as his reputation has been over the years, he's not often exciting, and most of the thrill of watching him comes from the way he dominates opponents.

This could be a situation where promoters and HBO basically have to eat it just to get the fight done on this date. I could seriously see this fight failing to sell 200,000 on pay-per-view. Dawson has been a ratings disaster in the past, most notably when his main event rematch with Glen Johnson reached only 774,000 homes in 2008. He's just not a headline attraction.

As for venues, Schaefer says via Kim that Quebec City, Los Angeles, and Atlantic City are being explored.

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