Bernard Hopkins Draws with Jean Pascal
Bernard Hopkins rallied from two early knockdowns to salvage a majority draw in his fight against WBC and IBO light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on Saturday.
Pascal, a Haitian-born Canadian, appeared headed for an easy victory as the 45-year-old Hopkins dropped in the first and third rounds. However, Pascal, 28, began to show signs of tiredness in the sixth round, allowing Hopkins to dominate the fight the rest of the way.
Hopkins, who was aiming to become the oldest boxer to win a major title, tried to score a knockout in the final round as he pummeled his younger opponent with heavy shots but Pascal survived the barrage of punches to let the judges decide the outcome of the fight.
American judge Steve Morrow saw Hopkins winning 114-112 but Canadian judge Claude Paquette and Belgian judge Daniel Van de Wiele both scored the fight a draw. Paquette scored the fight 113-113, while Van de Wiele had it 114-114, resulting in a majority draw that allowed Pascal to retain his titles.