Bernard Hopkins to Challenge Jean Pascal for WBC Title
Bernard Hopkins is already a legend as it is, but instead of calling it quits, the former undisputed middleweight champion has decided to shoot for the record books by challenging reigning WBC, IBO, and Ring Magazine light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal.
Hopkins will face Pascal on December 18 at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada, with the 45-year-old American challenger aiming to become the oldest boxer to win a major title. If Hopkins, who will be 46 in January, beats the 27-year-old Pascal, he will replace George Foreman as the oldest to be crowned champion by a major boxing body. Foreman was two months away from his 46th birthday when he defeated Michael Moorer in November 1994 for the heavyweight title.
Hopkins signed on to the fight in September, about a month after Pascal called him out following a victory over Chad Dawson in August, a challenge that did not go unheeded. “I’m in my rocking chair, minding my own business, and this guy says Bernard Hopkins is the guy I want to fight, so I rocked my chair a little harder, grabbed my cane — before I grabbed my teeth — and I called my promoters,” Hopkins joked during a recent promotional tour.