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Bernard Hopkins to fight in December; Mosley vs. Berto finalized!

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has confirmed with the Los Angeles Times that former light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins will face unheralded Enrique Ornelas in his hometown of Philadelphia on December 2. 

Hopkins is taking the fight with Ornelas as a tune-up for his proposed spring showdown with Roy Jones Jr, who is also fighting on the same day in Australia against IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green.  In his last outting almost one year ago, Hopkins fought current middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik at a catchweight of 170lbs and handed the the previously undefeated Youngstown, OH native his first professional defeat by way of unanimous decision.

According to Schaefer, the match between champion Shane Mosley and undefeated Andre Berto has been finalized for January 30.  The welterweight title fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV and will be televised on HBO. The contracts will likely be signed this week, so expect a public announcement to follow very shortly.  Mosley would prefer to land a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr, but who wouldn't fight the man who just generated a total of 1.6 million PPV buys in his last fight??

Mosley was last seen in January dominating and stopping Antonio Margarito to win the welterweight championship of the world in front of a sold crowd at Staples Center in Los Angeles [record high attendance for any sporting event; a convenient statistic for those who insist that boxing is dying!].

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