Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins (2nd meeting)

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Jean Pascal 175 lbs lost to Bernard Hopkins 175 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


  • Jean Pascal 26-1-1 (16 KOs) vs. Bernard Hopkins 51-5-2 (32 KOs)
  • Pascal entered as the The Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion. Hopkins, a slight 1.35/1 betting underdog [1], was the #1 contender in the same publication. [2]
  • Fight was billed as "Dynasty 2" with tickets prices ranging from $500 to $35 (Canadian).
  • With the win Hopkins, 46, supplanted George Foreman as the oldest world champion in boxing history.
  • ESPN's Dan Rafael scored the bout a 114-114 draw.
  • Poster #2

Bout Summary

A tentative opening two rounds saw both fighters shaking off nerves and feeling out their opponent. Round 3 was a big one for Hopkins as he found success with the right hand and shook the knees of Pascal. In Round 4, the two exchanged power shots frantically at times. It appeared Hopkins may have been a bit wobbled as the round concluded. In the 6th, action was paused as the referee called time out to warn both fighters to break when told. Prior to the bell to begin Round 7, Hopkins began doing pushups in the ring. The close, heavy-handed action continued through the 9th. In the 9th Round, Pascal's gloved touched after a cupping shot and was ruled a slip. In Round 10, Hopkins was warned twice for holding down Pascal's head. Midway through the round, Hopkins landed a right hand that caused an off balanced Pascal's glove to touch the mat. It was ruled, surprisingly, to be a slip. In the 11th, Pascal appeared to be tiring and Hopkins likely took the round, though Pascal came back strong in the 12th, seriously hurting Hopkins but unable to finish him.


  • "Unless these scores are way out of whack, he (Hopkins) has done it." - HBO's Jim Lampley
  • "He was spectacular tonight." - Emanuel Steward on Hopkins
  • "What can you say about Bernard Hopkins? Amazing." - HBO's Max Kellerman
  • "Bernard fought a great fight. He is a great champion. He has a really good defense and a lot of tricks. I'm a young fighter and I'm green. I was a young champion. These two fights [against Hopkins] will lead me to the next level. I learned a lot from Bernard and his style." - Jean Pascal in the post-fight interview [3]
  • "I was on the edge of my seat every round. It was such an exciting fight. Bernard was the better athlete, the smarter fighter and in the better condition. Now that a 46 has done it, next a 47, 48, 49 and 50 will do it. And if somebody does it at 60, then I'll have to get back in there. Look, Hopkins is doing push-ups. What great conditioning. And he did it in Pascal's hometown. Isn't that something? He was just so much better. I'm happy for Hopkins and I'm happy for mature athletes" - George Foreman [4]
  • Following the bout, Hopkins mentioned fighting until the age of 50 and said he was looking forward to fighting Chad Dawson and then Lucian Bute. Pascal said he wanted a rematch.

Preceded by:
WBC Diamond Light Heavyweight Title Fight
# 1
Succeeded by:
Pascal vs. Bute