WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins and former Light Heavyweight World Champion Chad Dawson have officially announced their October 15 world title fight.
Bernard Hopkins, WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion
"When you get tired of making history or tired of competing, you will get exposed. In basketball you can call time out. In football you can call timeout. In boxing either you fight or you quit.
"In my career I have gone 12-1 against southpaws. The only loss was to Joe Calzaghe, a fight which most people say I won. It was what it was. I love fighting southpaws because I am very unorthodox. I don't do things regularly and I am not a regular fighter.
"When you look at my resume and then you look at Chad's resume, it is like looking at Harvard and community college. No disrespect to community college.
"Age and wisdom cannot be compromised. I have a PhD in what I do. It says that I am 46 years old on my birth certificate. It can be argued that I m 10 years younger than I actually am.
"Me and Father Time are always debating whether it is time or not. I get cramps. I get aches. I am human and I am willing to take that chance. I am willing to walk that tight rope without a safety net. That is what fighting means to me. To be daring or to be dangerous takes courage.
"The light heavyweight division is alive right now. It isn't because of my seven or eight pushups. It is because of the activity of my last two fights
"I don't want Chad to be the laid back Chad. I don't need him laid back. To be laid back on an old man is not good; you are doing me a favor. I want you to give me something to work against so I can be better. I am a good dancer, if my partner is just okay, it makes me look bad.
[To Dawson] "Lets work together to see who whoops whose ass worse. "Chumps do exist in boxing. This sport separates the chumps from champs.
"Chad Dawson has to prove that he belongs here and I have to prove that I'm special over and over again. I'm okay with that.
"I am looking forward to eventually breaking Archie Moore's record of defending a title at the age of 47 or 48. I want that title. I want that record. I want that history.
"I didn't expect Naazim to give me this money back [Richardson returned his compensation to Hopkins from the Pascal fight]. We can donate this money to a charity that Naazim feels should be supported. We can take this money and do something good. From you to me or me to you we will take this money and put it in a place where it can be productive for a worthy charity."
"October 15 it is going down at Staples Center. History is going to be made again!
Chad Dawson Former Light Heavyweight World Champion
"I want to thank Bernard for finally taking the fight. I want to thank Gary Shaw for believing in me even though I had a bad loss to Jean Pascal. "I'm excited about my first pay-per-view fight. I have always wanted this fight. I have been chasing this fight for three years.
"A lot of people think I can't punch. October 15, I am not going for a decision, I am going for a knockout. I don't see any way Bernard can beat me. I have thought that for the last three years and I still think that now
"Bernard better be on his A-game that night because I am going to be on mine. I am excited to be here. I feel better than ever. I'm problem free and stress free. I'm a new Chad. This is my ultimate dream. I'm excited.
"He can talk smack as much as he wants. Trash talking sells pay-per-view. I can trash talk, but I just don't. I'm not concerned with what they say on the other side of the table. I'm concerned about them putting the belts around my waist on October 15. For me it's all or nothing. I'm going to give it all or die trying."
Antonio DeMarco, WBC #1 Rated Lightweight Contender
"I want to work to be world champion. I want to be one of the best."
Jorge Linares, Former Two-Division World Champion & WBC #2 Rated Lightweight Contender
"It's an honor to be fighting on a card with Bernard Hopkins. It's going to be a great night and a great fight for me. It's like a dream to be here today and have this opportunity to fight here in the U.S."
Kendall Holt, Former World Champion
"I am happy to be here. Not only because I am fighting, but because I am sharing the stage with two great champions. I am happy Danny Garcia took this fight. In order to become the best you have to beat the best and I am one of the best.
"I looked at Garcia when he was coming up and I said this kid has a lot of potential. I can't wait to see this kid in the future. Golden Boy Promotions has done a good job with him. They have gotten him the right fights...up until now.
"When people ask me what my game plan is, I say 'I am planning on hitting him a lot more times than he hits me.'
"Chad is one of my favorite fighters. Bernard Hopkins, you mean a lot to the sport. I have always admired you. It is going to sadden my heart a little bit to see Chad walk away with that belt.
"Danny, you will be a great champion, but it won't be on October 15."
Danny Garcia, Undefeated Top Junior Welterweight Prospect
"At 10 years old, I started boxing. I have been boxing for 13 years. This has been one of my dreams to fight at this level, to fight on pay-per-view.
"Brother Naazim Richardson told me when I was very young that everybody gets their chance to eat at the table, not everyone gets to eat at once. He told me that one day you will get that chance, and I think this is my time to eat.
"I have come too far. I sacrificed my childhood and sacrificed what I had to get to this point. After how far I have come, losing is not an option. October 15 is my time and I want to be seen as one of the best junior welterweights out there and do it on HBO Pay-Per-View."
"Believe It or Not!: Hopkins vs. Dawson" is a 12-round bout for Hopkins' WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T and Ripley's Believe It or Not, a new sponsor to the fight game who forged a relationship with Hopkins earlier this year when they made a wax figure of the future Hall of Famer, which will be unveiled during fight week in Los Angeles and displayed at a Ripley's Odditorium in the future. DeMarco vs. Linares is presented in association with Teiken Promotions.
Tickets for Hopkins vs. Dawson, priced at $300, $150, $75 and $25, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at www.staplescenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000.
The Hopkins vs. Dawson pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD.
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