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IBO Announces Vacancy of Light Heavyweight Title Following Hopkins-Pascal

by on Jun.06, 2011, under Boxing News, Press Releases

June 6, 2011 –The IBO light heavyweight championship “long the symbol of the truly elite at 175 pounds” is vacant.

Because of an inability to reach a sanctioning agreement with Bernard Hopkins prior to his May 21 fight with Jean Pascal at Bell Centre in Montreal, it was decided going in that a Pascal victory would mean the Haitian-turned-Canadian retained his belt, while a loss would render the title vacant.

Pascal won the IBO title from consensus No. 1 light heavyweight Chad Dawson in August 2010, continuing a lineage from Roy Jones Jr. to Antonio Tarver to Glen Johnson to Dawson that dated back to 2000 and included some of the division’s signature fights.

Both Tarver-Johnson fights were solely sanctioned as world title bouts by the IBO, as were Tarver’s third match with Jones in October 2005 and Dawson’s rematch with Johnson in November 2009.

A fight between the two leading available contenders will be arranged as soon as possible, said IBO President Ed Levine.

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