Found April 26, 2012 on The Queensbury Rules:
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Something strange happened on the way to this weekend's HBO rematch between light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, a battle of undeniable substance but wholly refutable style: People began to care. The first bout, which ended in a 2nd round no contest, lived down to every expectation of what a dismal failure it would be both financially (reportedly fewer than 100,000 pay-per-view buys) and in its entertainment value (two rounds of not much happening punctuated by a conclusion that sparked outrage).Yet the rematch is selling tickets more briskly than anyone could've imagined. The possible reasons are numerous. Hopkins, for as much as his minimalist fighting style has bored so many over his decades in the ring, has a knack for doing relatively nice television ratings of late, using both his mouth and the angle that he is beating remarkably good competition well into his 40s; had the original bout been on HBO proper rather than on PPV, it might have reeled ...
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