Tuesday 12 November 2019

Boxing: Hopkins lands record blow for golden oldies

Lou Scardello

Bernard Hopkins became the oldest man to win a boxing world title on Saturday when he defeated Canadian Jean Pascal by a unanimous decision to claim the WBC and IBO light-heavyweight belts at the age of 46.

"It feels great," said Hopkins after eclipsing George Foreman, who was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer to win the heavyweight title in 1994. "I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I wasn't going to be denied. You're supposed to win titles in your 20s, not when you're 46."

In front of a crowd of 17,560 in Montreal, all three judges awarded the canny former undisputed world middleweight champion the fight, with Hopkins claiming 116-112, 115-114 and 115-113 majorities.

"It was exciting," said Hopkins, who made his professional debut in 1988. "I've been accused of being boring but I've saved the best for last. I'm going to fight like this until I retire but I want to fight for as long as I can."

"I'm happy for Hopkins and I'm happy for mature athletes," said former record-holder Foreman. "What great conditioning."

George Groves won a majority decision by the narrow margin of 115-115, 115-114, 115-114 over James DeGale at London's O2 on Saturday to add the British super-middleweight belt to his Commonwealth title.

Nathan Cleverly defended his WBO light-heavyweight title for the first time on Saturday with a fourth-round stoppage win over Aleksy Kuziemski. (© Independent News Service)

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