HBO Championship Boxing
WBC And RING Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion
Jean Pascal And Former Two-Division World Champion
Bernard Hopkins To Settle The Score On
May 21st at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
Chad Dawson vs. Adrian Diaconu
Set For Co-Featured Bout On Both Bouts Televised
Live On HBO’s’s World Championship Boxing® Doubleheader
Tickets On Sale On Friday, April 1st At Noon!
May 21, 2011
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
The first fight between WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal and
former Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins last
December was one of the most talked-about fights of that year, with fans across the continent hotly
debating the outcome to this day. Whatever side was taken, everyone agreed on one thing…they wanted
to see it again. On Saturday May 21, Pascal and Hopkins will give everyone what they want as they meet
in “Dynasty II: Pascal vs. Hopkins” at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The world championship
bout will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing in the United States and televised live
on pay-per-view in Canada. A 12-round light heavyweight bout between former World Champions Chad
Dawson and Adrian Diaconu will also be featured on the telecast.
“I won the first fight and I will win the rematch,” said Pascal. “But this time, when I knock Hopkins down, I
will keep him there. Hopkins is an old man; he doesn’t have it in him to face me again. I am ready to end
this once and for all in front of all of the fans in Quebec.”
“I am a threat no matter how old I am, and Pascal knows it,” said Hopkins. “He got two knockdowns [on
the judges’ scorecards], is almost 20 years younger than me and still couldn’t win the fight. At the end of
the day, the fans know who won. I showed Pascal an old fashion boxing beat-down that night and I am
going to do it again, this time in his own backyard. Believe me, Pascal knows what’s going down on May
21…It’s Execution time again.”
“Dynasty II: Pascal vs. Hopkins” is promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions
and presented by Casino de Montreal, Videotron and Coors Light. The 12-round WBC, WBC Diamond and
Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship rematch will take place Saturday, May 21 at the
Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada and will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing in the
United States beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT and distributed live on pay-per-view in Canada on
Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw TV, Viewer’s Choice and Sasktel in French and English beginning at 7:00 p.m.
ET. Dawson vs. Diaconu is presented in association with Gary Shaw Productions and InterBox.
“The first encounter between these two warriors was by all means superior and much more spectacular
than anticipated by the majority of the world’s boxing experts,” said Yvon Michel, President of Groupe Yvon
Michel. “It produced one of the highest television ratings for a boxing event for 2010, and was awarded the
“WBC Fight of the Year.” There is no doubt that both these fighters have the strength and the ability to
produce a fierce battle and that their styles will make for a stunning clash. In this rematch, there is only
one question from most experts…who will be the winner? We are pleased that our distinguish partner
Golden Boy and Bernard Hopkins are coming to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where this historic fight will
take place in front of some of the most passionate and supportive boxing fans in the world.”
“Hopkins vs. Pascal was one of the most talked about fights of 2010 and rightfully so,” said Oscar de la
Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Regardless of whether you thought the decision was correct
or not, both fighters gave us compelling action for 12 rounds, and this was a natural for a rematch. I’m
expecting another war in May.”
The Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins rematch sets up for a great night for the sport as Pascal tries to
keep his title with the eyes of Canada along with his hometown fans of Montreal upon him, while Hopkins
looks to become the oldest reigning champion in the history of boxing,” said Kery Davis senior vice
president HBO Sports. “You have two great champions bringing their formidable skills and knowledge into
the ring, striving for supremacy.”
In their first bout on December 18, 2010, Pascal and Hopkins engaged in a fierce back and forth battle over
12 rounds before a highly disputed draw verdict was rendered. Following the outcry over the debated draw
in which the majority of ringside observers, viewers and media members felt the older Hopkins was
victorious, the WBC Board of Governors voted in favor of ordering an immediate rematch between the two
for the WBC and WBC Diamond Light Heavyweight World Championships.
Fighting out of Montreal, Canada, 2004 Canadian Olympian Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KO’s) has been thrilling
fight fans north of the border for years with his unique style and knockout power. In 2008, Pascal lost his
only professional bout in an exciting championship clash at super middleweight with former World
Champion Carl Froch. Since then, he moved up to the light heavyweight division and the 28-year-old has
been unbeatable, going 5-0-1. Included in this streak were two epic battles with Adrian Diaconu, the first of
which earned him the WBC Light Heavyweight World Title in 2009 as well as a big win over Chad Dawson
that saw him hand the American his first professional defeat. On May 21, he will look to erase the memory
of his draw with Bernard Hopkins by scoring a resounding win.
Boxing’s ageless wonder, 46-year-old Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KO’s) continues to
amaze with his performances in the ring. The longest reigning middleweight champion in history with over
10 years and 20 successful defenses during his reign, Hopkins is a lock for the Boxing Hall of Fame, but he
isn’t done yet. The Philadelphia native has defeated Howard Eastman, Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright, Kelly
Pavlik, Enrique Ornelas and Roy Jones since turning 40 in 2005. However, the one win he wants more than
any is against the man with who he fought to a controversial draw last December, Jean Pascal. In that bout,
Hopkins had hoped to break George Foreman’s record and become the oldest fighter in history to win a
significant world title. On May 21, he will get another chance. “The Executioner” has promised to let this
opportunity slip away.
Also featured on May 21 will be a 12-round light heavyweight bout between former World Champions Chad
Dawson and Adrian Diaconu. It’s a pivotal bout in the 175-pound weight class as Dawson would like to
regain the WBC title which he lost to Pascal or take on Hopkins, a fight he has been trying to get for years.
Diaconu has unfinished business of his own with Pascal after two memorable meetings, but first the two
must settle their own score in the ring and with the stakes so high, expect these two top contenders to
leave it all in the ring on fight night.
A longtime light heavyweight champion on a mission to regain his belt, 28-year-old “Bad” Chad Dawson (29-
1, 17 KO’s) is well aware that his route back to the top passes through Canada. A gifted southpaw who
reigned over the division from 2007, when he defeated Tomasz Adamek for the WBC Light Heavyweight
World Crown, until a 2010 decision loss to Jean Pascal, Connecticut’s Dawson (who also holds wins over
Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson) is hungrier than ever.
“This is an important fight for me,” said Dawson. “I need to make a statement against Diaconu and I will.
Then when I’m done, it’s on to the winner of Pascal-Hopkins II.”
2000 Romanian Olympian Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (27-2, 15 KO’s) has captured the hearts of fans in
his adopted home city of Montreal and he has made the Bell Centre his own personal backyard, going 11-2
in the venue. The former WBC Interim Light Heavyweight World Champion, Diaconu’s only two professional
losses have come via decision to Jean Pascal and he knows that with a win over Dawson, he may get his
shot at redemption.
“With my fans in Montreal supporting me, I’m prepared to deliver the fight of my life against Chad,” said
Diaconu. “He’s a great fighter and I respect him, but I won’t stop until I get my world title back, and I need
to defeat Dawson to get there.”
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