The WBC ordered a rematch between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and former champion Bernard Hopkins, three weeks after they fought to a highly disputed draw back in December. The WBC's ruling, however, could have meant that Pascal, also the lineal champion, could be stripped of his alphabet title because he may have to fight Dawson in a rematch of their August fight. When Pascal defeated Dawson by 11th-round technical decision last summer, Dawson had a rematch clause in his contract in the event of a loss. The contract allowed both fighters to take interim bouts before the rematch was due. Dawson (29-1, 17 KOs) did not take one. However, Pascal did—and fought to the draw with Hopkins. Dawson is now slated to fight Bernard Hopkins on October 15, 2011.
The referee for the fight is Ian John-Lewis, and the judges are Rey Danseco, Anek Hongtongkam, and Guido Cavalleri . John-Lewis had previously been referee for fights involving Vitali Klitschko and Shannon Briggs fight in October 2010.