Bernard Hopkins Targets Boxing Record

When Bernard Hopkins steps into the ring against Jean Pascal on Saturday, another boxer would be on the former undisputed world middleweight champion’s mind—George Foreman.

Hopkins will face Pascal at the Belle Centre in Montreal, Canada, on May 21 in a rematch of their December 2010 fight, which ended in a controversial majority draw. At stake on Saturday are Pascal’s WBC and IBO world light-heavyweight titles, but a bigger reward awaits Hopkins if he emerges the winner.

A victory by the 46-year-old Hopkins will make him the oldest boxer to win a major title, a record currently held by legendary heavyweight champion Foreman. “It means more to me to break the age record and prove that I am representing not just the older fighters, but older athletes in any sport,” said Hopkins, who will be 46 years and 126 days old when he steps into the ring Saturday. Foreman was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer on November 5, 1994 to win the IBF and WBA heavyweight crowns. “My motivation is to get in that ring and prove to the young lion that the old lion still rules the jungle,” Hopkins said.