Bernard Hopkins Gets Another Crack at Jean Pascal

Hopkins-PascalBernard Hopkins has been given another chance to become the oldest person to ever win a major boxing title after the World Boxing Council ordered reigning light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal of Canada to defend his crown anew against the former undisputed middleweight champion.

WBC president Jose Sulaiman said in a letter sent to both Pascal and Hopkins that the governing body’s board of governors has decided that a rematch between the two boxers is in order after their first fight ended in a controversial majority draw. The controversial decision of the judges allowed Pascal to retain his title although Hopkins won in one judge’s scorecard while the other two judges called the fight a draw.

Hopkins, 45, who could have replaced George Foreman as the oldest boxer to win a title had he won against Pascal, said the WBC did a great thing for boxing. “This is a great thing for boxing and hopefully fans will get to see another great fight with Pascal and I. I’m looking forward to starting off the New Year by making history as the oldest athlete to win a major championship in any sport,” Hopkins said.

Pascal had previously planned to defend his title against American Chad Dawson rather than immediately face Hopkins in a rematch.