Boxing legend Bernard “the executioner” Hopkins made history on May 21, with his impressive victory over Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Quebec City, Canada. With the win, the 46-year-old Hopkins now becomes the oldest fighter in the history of the sport to win a legitimate championship.
The rematch against Pascal might even be the most entertaining fight in Hopkins’ career. Against Pascal, Hopkins’ aggression in the ring was uncharacteristically high. Hopkins looked less like the defensive master he is and more like a headhunter, landing more power punches than Pascal and pushing the pace of the fight.
Hopkins’ victory wasn’t that surprising to educated fans of the sport. When the two fighters met in 2010, the fight was declared a draw to the disappointment of many fans who felt Bernard Hopkins was the rightful winner of the match.
This time around, Hopkins ensured he walked away with the win, using many of the tricks he has learnt in his long boxing career. From kidney shots to pushups at the beginning of the seventh round, Hopkins held nothing back as he tried to make boxing history.
Pascal deserves a lot of credit as he brought his A-game against the 46 year old Hopkins. Unfortunately for Pascal, he simply didn’t have the tools needed to deal with a crafty legend like Hopkins. At times during the boxing match, Pascal let his emotions get the best of him. When it became apparent that Hopkins had taken the lead in the fight, Pascal resorted to throwing wild hooks which only made things easier for the executioner.
Even though Pascal was the hometown kid in the fight, the 17,560 fans in attendance were clearly appreciative of Hopkins’ historic accomplishment. I doubt anyone left the arena feeling dissatisfied with the fight which was as entertaining as it gets in boxing.
Hopkins’ next fight will be against Chad Dawson, who coasted to an easy unanimous decision earlier in the night against fellow former light-heavyweight title holder Adrian Diaconu. Dawson will need all the luck in the world if he wants to pry the belt away from the champion who says he won’t retire until he’s 50.