Hopkins gets another shot at Pascal

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LOS ANGELES -- Bernard Hopkins will have another chance to become the oldest world champion in boxing history, as the WBC ordered a rematch between the ageless legend and Jean Pascal.

Hopkins and Pascal went toe-to-toe on December 18 for the WBC light heavyweight belt, and while Hopkins was knocked to the canvas twice early in the match, battled back and appeared to win enough rounds necessary to earn a decision when the bout went to the scorecards after 12 rounds.

However, the judges ruled the bout a draw, allowing Pascal to retain his title in his hometown of Quebec City.

Hopkins (51-5-2), who will turn 46 on Jan. 15, is a former two-division world champion and is trying to surpass heavyweight great George Foreman (45 years and 10 months) as boxing's oldest title holder.

"I'd like to thank Mr. Jose Sulaiman and the WBC Board of Governors for ordering an immediate rematch between Pascal and I," said Hopkins. "This is a great thing for boxing and hopefully fans will get to see another great fight with Pascal and I."

The 28-year-old Pascal (26-1-1) has held the title since June 2009.


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