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Pascal - Hopkins Rematch?

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Will there be a Pascal Hopkins rematch?


WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KO’s) and Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KO’s) fought to a 12 round majority draw at the Pepsi Colisseum, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The scores were 114-112 Hopkins, 113-113, 114-114. This was a fight where neither fighter could really be happy with their performance. While Hopkins obviously finished strong in the second part of the fight and was able to salvage a draw out of it, there’s no escaping the fact that Hopkins was knocked down twice in the fight.

Bernard Hopkins wants an immediate remath with Jean Pascal after failing in his bid to become the oldest boxer to hold a major world title. The fight ended in a technical draw despite being floored by the champion in the first and third rounds.

Hopkins fought back to knock Pascal down in the eleventh round but at the end two judges scored it even with the third backing Hopkins. so Pascal kept the WBC and IBO belts.

"This was a robbery. I took him to school." said Hopkins.

"I believe I won the fight," said Pascal. "It wasn't my best fight, but Bernard fights ugly and dirty. He's a tough guy to box.

"I'm the champion, I like to win, not draw. If he wants a rematch, he can have one any time."

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer: said “It’s really a shame, it’s a shame for Canada, it’s a shame for boxing to have a decision like that. We had Canadian people, Canadian fans come up to us and tell us he (Hopkins) won. That is what is wrong with boxing. He sure didn’t lose, I think if you think that, you don’t know what boxing means. Look at the scorecards; it happens all the time up here that is what is wrong with boxing. It’s a disgrace. We are going to file a protest. The WBC will order an immediate rematch and we will see what other legal remedies we have because this is wrong. This is wrong.

Fittingly, there was no real winner in the fight, as it ended in a 12 round majority draw, however the vast majority of boxing fans and scribes seem to favour Hopkins as being the better fighter and bad judging attributed to the result. A rematch would seem to be the logical conclusion.