At the Bell Centre in Montreal, the 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins was attempting to become the oldest man to ever win a major boxing championship. Standing in his way was the man he fought to a controversial draw in Decmeber, Jean Pascal.
The final round was more of what the fight had been to that point. Hopkins attempted to keep Pascal from landing, but this time Pascal was able to land a few punches in a flurry before Hopkins came back with a shot of his own.
Suddenly a hard right hand stunned Hopkins but Bernard was able to clinch up and walk around the ring and remain on his feet. Pascal did not follow up when he had his much older foe on rubber legs and it allowed Hopkins to survive to the final bell in a fight that it appeared Bernad had clearly won.
SB Nation scored the round 10-9 Pascal. Making the fight 116-112 Hopkins on our card after eleven rounds.
The official judges scorecards read 115-113, 116-112 and 115-114 all for Bernard Hopkins.
Hopkins is now the oldest man in the history of boxing to win a major world championship.