Pascal to defend two titles

Jean Pascal captured the WBC and IBO light-heavyweight titles in August with an 11th-round TKO of...

Jean Pascal captured the WBC and IBO light-heavyweight titles in August with an 11th-round TKO of Chad Dawson. (QMI Agency/Eric Bolte)

BRIAN DALY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:29 PM ET

MONTREAL -- In the biggest fight on Canadian soil in 30 years, world light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal of Montreal will defend his WBC and IBO titles against Bernard (The Executioner) Hopkins on Dec. 18 in Quebec City.

Pascal (26-1-0, 16 KOs) is coming off an upset win in August against former champ Chad Dawson and aiming to solidify his status as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

His promoter, Yvon Michel, tells QMI Agency the Haitian-born Pascal, 27, signed off this week on the title defence. The fight will be broadcast by U.S.-based Showtime pay per view and will be staged at the Colisee, former home of the Quebec Nordiques.

Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) fights for Golden Boy Promotions. The 46-year-old Philadelphia native is one of the ageless wonders of boxing, having beaten several top fighters after he turned 40. His past decision was a lopsided non-title victory over former world champion Roy Jones in April.

Boxing trainer Russ Anber, who was in Pascal's corner for the Dawson fight, says Hopkins might be an even more fearsome opponent.

"I'm more worried about fighting Hopkins than we were about fighting Dawson," the Montreal boxing veteran told QMI on Friday.

"Hopkins always has a chance. That son of a gun, he's an animal, he's a warrior, he's a throwback fighter ... his whole career has been designed on finding ways to win."

Hopkins was a light-heavyweight champion until he lost to Britain's Joe Calzaghe in 2008. During one stretch, Hopkins successfully defended his middleweight title 20 consecutive times.

Pascal, meanwhile, vaulted to global prominence after stopping Dawson in the 11th round this summer. BoxingScene says Pascal is one of the seven best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Anber, who has followed the boxing scene since the 1960s, says Canadians failed to recognize the historic nature of Pascal's past win. Canadian George Chuvalo's two losses to Muhammad Ali in Toronto (1966) and Vancouver (1972) were rightfully considered the biggest fights in Canadian history. But Anber says the Dawson fight was even bigger because Pascal beat the top light heavyweight in the world.

"Jean's win over Dawson was the greatest win by a Canadian on Canadian soil over the best opponent ever in the history of boxing," Anber said.


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