Hopkins and Pascal ends in majority draw

By Rob Smith: Despite fighting his heart out and rallying after two knockdowns in the 1st and 3rd rounds, 45-year-old Bernard Hopkins had to settle for a 12 round majority draw against World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal at the Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

Hopkins looked like the better fighter in the second half of the fight and an argument can be made that Hopkins deserved to get the decision. However, the two knockdowns plus giving up rounds here and there made it all but impossible for Hopkins to win the decision. The final judges' scores were 114-112 Hopkins, 113-113, 114-114..

Pascal keeps his WBC title with the draw. Hopkins's stock rises despite not getting the win. He could campaign for a fight against fighters like IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute or perhaps WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward later on next year after the Super Six tournament ends and Ward ends up the winner.

Hopkins did the best he could tonight but he would have needed a great performance to win in Canada. This was Pascal's venue, and Hopkins blew his chance by going down twice.

Article posted on 19.12.2010

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