After claiming he was robbed in a draw against champ Jean Pascal in December, Bernard Hopkins is getting another chance to make history (if he wins) — to become the oldest fighter to win a significant world title — when they face off again on May 21.
Their bout in December was one of the most talked-about fights of that year, with fans across the continent hotly debating the outcome to this day. Whatever side was taken, everyone agreed on one thing … they wanted to see it again.
“Dynasty II: Pascal vs. Hopkins” is set to go down on Saturday May 21 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, and will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing and on pay-per-view in Canada.
“I won the first fight and I will win the rematch,” said Pascal. “But this time, when I knock Hopkins down, I will keep him there. Hopkins is an old man; he doesn’t have it in him to face me again. I am ready to end this once and for all in front of all of the fans in Quebec.”
“I am a threat no matter how old I am, and Pascal knows it,” said Hopkins. “He got two knockdowns [on the judges’ scorecards], is almost 20 years younger than me and still couldn’t win the fight. At the end of the day, the fans know who won. I showed Pascal an old fashion boxing beat-down that night and I am going to do it again, this time in his own backyard. Believe me, Pascal knows what’s going down on May 21 … it’s Execution time again.”
In the first fight, Pascal and Hopkins engaged in a fierce back and forth battle over 12 rounds before a highly disputed draw verdict was rendered. Following the outcry over the debated draw, in which the majority of ringside observers, viewers and media members felt the older Hopkins was victorious, the WBC Board of Governors voted in favor of ordering an immediate rematch between the two for the WBC and WBC Diamond Light Heavyweight World Championships.
Promoter/retired boxing great, Oscar De La Hoya, says fans should expect another war.
“Hopkins vs. Pascal was one of the most talked about fights of 2010 and rightfully so,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Regardless of whether you thought the decision was correct or not, both fighters gave us compelling action for 12 rounds, and this was a natural for a rematch. I’m expecting another war in May.”
Fighting out of Montreal, Canada, 2004 Canadian Olympian Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KO’s) has been thrilling fight fans north of the border for years with his unique style and knockout power. In 2008, Pascal lost his only professional bout in an exciting championship clash at super middleweight with former World Champion Carl Froch. Since then, he moved up to the light heavyweight division and the 28-year-old has been unbeatable, going 5-0-1. Included in this streak were two epic battles with Adrian Diaconu, the first of which earned him the WBC Light Heavyweight World Title in 2009, as well as a big win over Chad Dawson that saw him hand the American his first professional defeat. On May 21, he will look to erase the memory of his draw with Bernard Hopkins by scoring a resounding win.
Boxing’s ageless wonder, 46-year-old Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KO’s) continues to amaze with his performances in the ring. The longest reigning middleweight champion in history — with over 10 years and 20 successful defenses during his reign — Hopkins is a lock for the Boxing Hall of Fame, but he isn’t done yet. The Philadelphia native has defeated Howard Eastman, Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright, Kelly Pavlik, Enrique Ornelas and Roy Jones since turning 40 in 2005. However, the one win he wants more than any is against the man with who he fought to a controversial draw last December, Jean Pascal. In that bout, Hopkins had hoped to break George Foreman’s record and become the oldest fighter in history to win a significant world title. On May 21, he will get another chance. “The Executioner” has promised to let this opportunity slip away.
Also on the evening fightcard is a 12-round light heavyweight bout between former World Champions, Chad Dawson and Adrian Diaconu. Other undercards will be announced at a later date.