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Draw denies Hopkins new record

Old timer robbed of becoming oldest ever world title holder

Posted Dec 20, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Bernard Hopkins vs Jean Pascal

Old-timer Bernard Hopkins has failed in his bid to become the oldest boxer in the history of the sport to win hold a major world title following his technical draw with current world light-heavyweight champ, Jean Pascal.
The contest was scored 114-112 in Hopkins’ favour by American Steve Morrow, whilst Canadian Claude Paquette had it as 113-113 and Daniel Van de Wiele from Belgium made it 114-114, meaning Pascal keeps his WBC and IBO belts.
Hopkins, who turns 46 in January, was hoping to beat George Foreman’s record as the oldest world champion – his victory over Michael Moorer in 1994 to win the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles aged 45 years and 10 months older currently setting the benchmark.
American Hopkins had looked in danger of not even threatening to go the distance after being floored in the first and the third but he got back to his feet and dominated after the halfway stage to send the reigning champion to the canvas in the 11th. At times Hopkins dished out some severe punishment and he certainly will have felt aggrieved not to have won the title.
In fact, Pascal looked like a school kid who’d been taught more than a lesson or two and he was lucky to escape with his record of just one defeat in 28 fights.
And Hopkins was quick to point out as much afterwards, saying: “I dominated. This was a robbery. I took him to school.”
You have to agree with that statement and the chances of a re-match are high as Pascal will want to prove behind doubt that he is better than the old stager and that he deserves these world titles.
Although, Hopkins may be happier with that scenario as he has an impressive record in rematches.
It could be a fascinating match up again and it’s a fight I wouldn’t mind watching. If it does happen, I will be putting my money on the then 46-year-old and backing Hopkins to become the oldest ever world title holder. Bring it on, I say.

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