Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins

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Dynasty
DateDecember 18, 2010
VenueCanada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Title(s) on the lineWBC, IBO, and The Ring light heavyweight titles
Tale of the tape
Boxer Canada Jean Pascal United States Bernard Hopkins
Nickname
The Executioner
Hometown Laval, Quebec, Canada Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Pre-fight record 26–1 (16 KO) 51–5–1 (32 KO)
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 174+14 lb (79 kg) 174+12 lb (79 kg)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition WBC, IBO, and The Ring light heavyweight champion 2-division world champion
Result
Fight ends in a majority draw.

Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins, billed as Dynasty, was a light heavyweight championship fight for the WBC, IBO, and The Ring light heavyweight titles.[1] The bout was held on December 18, 2010, at Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and was televised on Showtime.

The fight

The fight started at a good pace, with both fighters getting combinations and landing good shots. Hopkins was knocked down in the 1st round, and again in the 3rd. He complained that it was a blow to the back of the head that caused him to go down in the final seconds of the 1st, but the Montreal ref, Michael Griffin, scored it a knockdown. The knockdown was clearer in the 3rd, when Pascal tagged B-Hop with a left. Hopkins dropped to the canvas and got up with no problem. Pascal began to wear down and Hopkins picked up the pace, knowing he was down on the scorecards. The Canadian boxer was the younger and quicker but was not able to do much and was not that active. He was hit repeatedly in the final six rounds.[2][3] Hopkins launched a desperate flurry in the final round but failed to put Pascal down. "The 12th round was vicious," Hopkins said. "He looked to be tired from the sixth round. He was gasping. He held every time I got close. And I just kept coming forward throwing punches. He was holding on for dear life."

There was some early debate over whether the Canadian and Belgian judges' cards had been altered, but that notion was discarded by both camps. Hopkins reluctantly accepted a draw on Pascal's turf, even if he felt he won—and insists he would if they fought again. Hopkins said he wants a rematch, but not in Canada.

"Look at my record -- anyone I fought twice I destroyed," he said. [4]

Preceded by
Bernard Hopkins' bouts
December 18, 2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jean Pascal's bouts
December 18, 2010

Undercard

Televised

  • Welterweight bout: United States Paul Malignaggi vs. Mexico Michael Lozada[5]
    • Malignaggi defeats Lozada via TKO at 2:33 of round 6.
  • Middleweight bout: United States Peter Quillin vs. Canada Martin Desjardins
    • Quillin defeats Desjardins via KO at 2:53 of round 1.
  • Super Middleweight bout: United States Daniel Jacobs vs. United States Jesse Orta
    • Jacobs defeats Orta via TKO at round 5.

Preliminary card

  • Welterweight bout: Canada Kevin Bizier vs. United States Ronnie Warrior Jr
    • Bizier defeats Warrior via RTD at 3:00 of round 3.
  • Lightweight bout: Canada Pier-Olivier Côté vs. Mexico Cesar Soriano
    • Cote defeats Soriano via TKO at 0:30 of round 1.
  • Heavyweight bout: United Kingdom Tyson Fury vs. United States Zack Page
    • Fury defeats Page via unanimous decision.
  • Heavyweight bout: Canada Eric Martel Bahoeli vs. Puerto Rico Ruben Rivera
    • Bahoeli defeats Rivera via unanimous decision.
  • Light Middleweight bout: Canada Mikael Zewski vs. Peru Leonardo Rojas
    • Zewski defeats Rojas via TKO at 2:59 of round 2.

References

  1. ^ Rafael, Dan (2010-09-01). "Bernard Hopkins, Jean Pascal to fight". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=5518403= 2010-12-15.
  2. ^ "Bernard Hopkins misses chance to become boxing's oldest world champion". Guardian. 2010-12-19. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2010/dec/19/bernard-hopkins-jean-pascal-draw= 2010-12-19.
  3. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Fight:1556409
  4. ^ Rafael, Dan (2010-12-19). "Bernard Hopkins rallies to draw". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=5935116= 2010-12-19.
  5. ^ http://boxrec.com/show/607434