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Bernard Hopkins to risk WBC belt against Chad Dawson

August 2, 2011 |  4:19 pm

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Bernard Hopkins will put his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title on the line less than five months after earning it.

Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 knockouts) will face Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 knockouts) on Oct. 15 in a title fight at the Staples Center.

A news conference early next week will officially announce the pairing, a Golden Boy Promotions spokeswoman said.

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Photo: Bernard Hopkins gestures prior to the start of his light heavyweight bout against Jean Pascal on May 21. Credit: Christinne Muschi / Reuters

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