Laval's Pascal to face boxing legend Hopkins
Light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal is set to defend his title against Bernard Hopkins in December in Quebec City.
The fight is scheduled for Dec. 18. Laval native Pascal beat the previously unbeaten Chad Dawson of the U.S. by a technical decision at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Aug. 14 after the fight was stopped in the 11th round due to a cut caused by an unintentional head butt.
The 45-year-old Hopkins hasn't fought since winning a unanimous decision in a rematch with Roy Jones Jr. in April. The pair had originally fought in 1993, a bout won by Jones Jr.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer says Hopkins has been cleared to fight and is ready to prove again he can be the best in that weight class.
"He's always been looking not just for fights, he's been looking for historic events, and he's been looking to make history," Schaefer said on Wednesday. "He's taking on a guy who could be his son. The guy could be his son. And he's considered the best in that particular weight class."
Hopkins wrote "I will beat Pascal" on his Facebook page.
Pascal (26-1, 16 knockouts) holds the WBC light heavyweight title by virtue of his victory over fellow Quebec boxer Adrian Diaconu last summer. He then repeated the feat in December 2009, albeit in a closer decision against Diaconu.
Hopkins (51-5-1, 34 knockouts) started boxing in a Pennsylvania state prison, where he served five years beginning at the age of 17.
He turned pro in 1988 and won his first bout in 1990. He had a perfect 10-year reign as middleweight champion, which included stoppage wins over previously unbeaten Felix Trinidad and future business partner Oscar De La Hoya.
With files from CBCSports.ca