Hopkins Beats Pascal, Becomes Oldest Boxing Champion

Bernard Hopkins turned back the clock on Saturday, beating Canada’s Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal to become the oldest boxing champion in history at 46 years, 4 months, and 6 days.

Hopkins scored via unanimous decision with scores of 116-112, 115-113, and 115-114 to take Pascal’s WBO and IBO light heavyweight belts. More important, Hopkins broke the age record set by George Foreman, who was 45 years old when he knocked out Michael Moorer for the WBA and IBF heavyweight belts in 1994. “I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I wasn’t going to be denied. You’re supposed to win titles in your twenties, not when you’re 46,” Hopkins said after the fight that made him the WBC and IBO light heavyweight champion.

Sensing he was behind in the scorecards, Pascal tried to go for broke in the 12th round and staggered Hopkins with a strong right, but the 46-year-old American was able to shake off the effect of the punch to let the judges decide the outcome of the fight. Pascal, who retained the titles via majority draw in the first meeting between the two fighters, praised Hopkins after the match. “He is a great champion. He has really good defense and a lot of tricks. I am a young fighter and I am green. These two fights will make me better in the future,” the 28-year-old Canadian said.