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Hopkins-De La Hoya looks like a mismatch

Originally Published: June 8, 2004
By Tim Graham | Special to ESPN.com

Maybe my views on the fight will change as the date draws closer, but at the moment Bernard Hopkins versus Oscar De La Hoya seems slightly more delightful than waking up with a cold sore.

The middleweight matchup between two of boxing's marquee names is scheduled for Sept. 18 in Las Vegas. The contracts were signed long ago, with the stipulation each had to defeat a lesser foe last Saturday.

Both fighters complied, but they didn't exactly create a stampede for advance ticket and ...

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