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46 year-old Bernard Hopkins made history Saturday night at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada, defeating 28 year-old Canadian fighter Jean Pascal for the WBC light-heavyweight title. With his victory, Hopkins became the oldest champion to win a legitimate title in professional boxing history.
The first fight between the two on December 18, 2010 ended in a draw, but this time Hopkins was determined to prove that he still has plenty left in the tank.
Pascal came out firing in the first few rounds as was to be expected from the young former-champion. After catching countless significant blows to the face, Hopkins seemed to be hurt after the fourth round, but refused to back down.
At the start of the fifth round fans roared as Hopkins began to dance around his opponent, taunting him mercilessly in attempts to get into the champions head and get him off of his game-plan.
Once Hopkins saw that his antics were having an impact on Pascal, they became more and more obvious. After doing push-ups in the middle of the ring as he waited for the young Canadian to meet him at the center before the start of the sixth round, Pascal’s frustration became increasingly visible.
The real turning point came when Pascal caught Hopkins left thumb in his eye from a hard jab, which seemed to effect him for every subsequent round. As the fight continued and drew closer and closer to the final round, Hopkins proved that he was in complete control.
Two straight rounds ended with Pascal stumbling back to his corner after near knockdowns from the veteran fighter, and Hopkins seemed to have his second reign as light-heavyweight champion in his sights.
Unfortunately for the promising young fighter, he was completely outmatched this time, and it seemed as though he really just was not good enough to deal with Hopkins.
After the fight, the Philadelphia native told reporters he had no plans of retiring, and his performance Saturday night surely backed up his words.
Congratulations to Bernard Hopkins for making history and further solidifying his status as a boxing legend.