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Jean Pascal wants to fight on May 25 despite Lucian Bute withdrawal

7 May
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Tommy Barber – London

The highly-anticipated duel between Canadian prizefighters Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal, dubbed the greatest fight in Canada’s storied history, has been postponed. Following on from the official announcement by InterBox earlier, co-promoter Yvon Michel accepted the decision, claiming it is an unfortunate part of the sport of boxing.

Pascal v Bute

“Obviously, when we first heard the news a few hours ago, we were all in shock,” said Michel. “This is part of boxing and we are aware that we have to live and deal with these contingencies. Our perception is that this only a postponement. We ask Quebec to show understanding and patience. We wish a speedy recovery to Lucian.”

Jean Pascal added: “I was so excited when I met with the media last week. I thought that I was in the best shape of my life and very optimistic about my fight with Bute. We now need to start over but I am a professional. I know that these things happen and I think that sooner or later, we will both be in the ring to settle our differences.  And I would like to add that I would still fight on May 25; I am ready to face anyone.”

GYM and InterBox are currently in a research and analysis solution mode. Full details will be announced as soon as there are new developments.

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Tony Bellew to use Roberto Bolonti as stepping stone in pursuit of Chad Dawson

6 Nov

Alan Dawson – London

Light heavyweight contender Tony Bellew hopes to follow in the footsteps of Matchroom Sports stablemate and welterweight campaigner Kell Brook when it comes to guaranteeing himself a mandatory shot at a world title. Bellew, 29, collides with fellow 175lber Roberto Bolonti on Saturday, November 17 and believes a win will act as a springboard to an eventual attempt at claiming the WBC belt, currently held by Chad Dawson.

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Tony aiming for mandatory crack at Chad’s green and gold belt. Credit: Dwight McCann

“I want to put the pressure on someone like Chad Dawson to face me,” Bellew (18-1-0, 12ko) said ahead of his Capital FM Arena test in Nottingham.

Known for his concussive punch power, his ability to adapt in the ring and for giving countryman Nathan Cleverly a competitive battle for the latter’s WBO title last year, Bellew believes his reputation within Britain is working against him abroad as he is now regarded to be “maximum risk/minimum reward”. He added: “I am not a lucrative match for people to face.” As a result, the likeable Liverpudlian believes he has “to force one of these champions” into a fight.

“It might not be a WBC, it might be an IBF challenge to Tavoris Cloud. I don’t know which it is going to be but all I want to do is become a mandatory challenger, very similar to the way Kell Brook has done it.

“Roberto Bolonti is another step in the right direction, it is a WBC eliminator and it is for the Silver title. He is number five with the WBC and this should propel one of us into the top three in my opinion, so I am hoping to get fast tracked to the WBC.”

The light heavyweight landscape is one dominated by the presence of a quartet of North Americans including the returning former Ring Magazine champion Jean Pascal, heavy-hitting Tavoris Cloud and veteran ring king Bernard Hopkins. It is Chad Dawson, though, who Bellew ranks atop the lot.

“I believe Chad Dawson is the best light heavyweight in the world. I know he had the contentious fight with Jean Pascal but I believe he would have stopped Pascal if the fight would have been allowed to carry on, so I think Pascal got really lucky the cut came when it did.

“I do believe that Dawson is the best in the division and aside from him I feel everyone is on a level playing field. Bernard Hopkins, in terms of experience, is up there with Dawson but as an actual fighter I believe Dawson is proven to be the best light heavyweight out there. But I would be happy to fight him.”

If an Anglo-American feud were to develop between Dawson and Bellew, the Englishman would draw confidence from how Bad Chad was defeated by super middleweight lineal champion Andre Ward. He noted: “There is now a blueprint to beat Chad Dawson after what Andre Ward did [knocked him out], so I would be happy to go in there and carry out what Ward did to him.”

Bellew fights Bolonti on the “True Brit” card that is headlined by Carl Froch versus Yusaf Mack.

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Pascal versus Cloud to be ‘most explosive fight in boxing’, Stevenson gunning for Froch fight

29 May

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A light heavyweight world championship showdown between two young fighters in their prime has been confirmed for Saturday, August 11 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, when undefeated IBF world champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0-0, 19ko) defends his title against popular hometown favorite and former WBC light heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16ko) on SHOWTIME.

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Cloud escaped with a disputed decision win over Campillo in his last test. Credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Cloud is known as a no-nonsense power puncher, who comes right at his opponents with few frills. Pascal may not equal Cloud in work rate, but his footwork and explosive combinations make for a compelling match-up between ferocious punchers. Both men will be coming in to not only win, but to make a statement as the best puncher in one of boxing’s glamour divisions.

The 5-foot-10, Cloud will be making the fifth defense of the then-vacant 175-pound title he won via 12-round unanimous decision over Clinton Woods on Aug. 28, 2009. The hard-hitter successfully defended against Glen Johnson (unanimous decision, June 7, 2010), Fulgencio Zuniga (unanimous decision, Dec. 17, 2010) and Yusaf Mack (TKO 8, June 28, 2011) before winning a controversial split decision over Gabriel Campillo in February.

“First, I want to thank Tavoris Cloud for giving me the opportunity to fight for his IBF light heavyweight belt and to prove who I really am in the ring,” said Pascal. “He has shown true class seeking out the best challenger in the division and for this he has my full respect. Our styles make for the best, most explosive and spectacular fight possible in boxing. Having been away from the ring for more than a year, I am hungrier and more determined than ever to get back on top. Don’t miss it August 11 in Montreal. I am going to get back on the throne for good.”

Throughout a career that began in August 2004, Cloud has been a road warrior. He’s fought only three times in his native Florida. Pascal, conversely, has had all but two of his fights in Canada.

Jean Pascal is looking to bounce back from a draw and a loss to Bernard Hopkins. Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

The co-feature will match budding Canadian knockout artist Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, (18-1-0, 15ko) of Montreal, against an opponent to be announced in a super middleweight bout.

Stevenson has notched 15 knockouts in 19 professional fights in his climb up the rankings. The Canadian southpaw super middleweight is currently ranked number two with the IBF, three with the WBC and seven in both the WBO and WBA charts.

“I am so proud to be making my Showtime debut fighting in this major event in Montreal,” said Stevenson. “I am on a mission to destroy anybody that has the courage to get in the ring with me. I am not looking for any favors or compassion. My goal is to show the world that I truly deserve to be on a major network fighting Carl Froch for his IBF belt. Watch me make a major statement August 11.”

Trained by the renowned Emmanuel Steward, Stevenson got a late start in the professional ranks with a 2006 debut at the age of 29. Now a six year pro, Stevenson has maintained his penchant for knockouts as he’s stepped up the class of competition. In his last five starts, against opponents with a combined record of 107-8, he has overwhelmed them all, winning four of five inside three rounds. The lone exception is a ninth-round KO of Aaron Pryor Jr.

In all, 12 of his 15 knockouts have come inside three rounds.

The 5-foot-11, 34-year-old Stevenson won a WBC Silver belt with a second-round TKO over Noe Gonzalez (27-1 going in) in his most recent outing last April 20 at Bell Centre.

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Hopkins and Dawson both agree: At 47, Bernard can carry on executing

1 May

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Bernard Hopkins suffered a career setback at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City last weekend, his sixth in total as a professional, as he dropped a decision to the younger, taller and faster Chad Dawson, losing his WBC light heavyweight world championship as a result. However, that has not deterred the legendary Philadelphian from continuing his quest to further enhance his pugilistic legacy and ward off father time; a notion backed by the current incumbent Bad Chad.

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Bad Chad did good as Dawson did his talking in and out the ring. Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Hopkins lost by two scores of 117-111 (an accepted points split according to consensus) with one judge seeing a 114-114 tie. As has become typical with a Hopkins performance, Bernard attempted to snuff out any rhythm his opponent attempted to build up and, even though against Dawson this tactic proved relatively successful, Hopkins – the self-styled Old Mongoose – was just too conservative in his own punch output to warrant a greater slice of point pie, especially when compared to the more active Chad.

“I fought hard Saturday night and feel the fight was closer than two of the scores reflected,” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32ko) said, on reflection of the majority decision loss.

Dawson, who now holds the WBC title (his third full championship at 175lbs), now has a number of match-ups available to him including a rematch with Jean Pascal in order to avenge his sole pro defeat, together with an all-American pound-for-pound tussle with super middleweight supremo Andre Ward.

The other belt holders at light heavyweight include Tavoris Cloud who makes a defence of his IBF title in August against Pascal, Beibut Shumenov who champions the WBA belt and is without an opponent and undefeated Welshman Nathan Cleverly, the WBO world titlist.

“Regardless of the result, I will continue my career and challenge any champion in my division,” Hopkins continued. “I might be older, but I don’t feel a decline in my skills or abilities in the ring. I love to fight and am still competing at a level where boxing cannot deny me the opportunity to succeed.”

Dawson concluded that the three other alphabet rulers better watch out: “He can still beat anyone else in our division.”

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Orthodox American: Tavoris Cloud’s trainer brandishes Jean Pascal a ‘pussy’, Lucian Bute may be next

11 Aug

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Al Bonanni, the trainer for undefeated light heavyweight and IBF titlist Tavoris Cloud, has labeled 175lb rival Jean Pascal and his entire team “pussies” and accused the former world champion of ducking a call to fight Cloud. IBF champion at super middleweight Lucian Bute, meanwhile, has been mooted as a potential opponent for a November dust-up.

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“Pascal and the guys up there are pussies! We will go up there and whip his ass. They know that,” Bonanni is quoted to have said by Boxing Scene. “I don’t think [the judges] will rob us [in the event that a prospective scrap with Pascal goes to a decision]. I think the IBF would appoint neutral judges. They didn’t rob Bernard Hopkins [in the second fight] so why would they rob Cloud?

“At the end of the fight he will be the champion. We will go in the fight as the champion and leave as the champion.”

Bonanni has long grown tired of what he perceives as ducking from the elite at light heavyweight. He claims Chad Dawson shirked away from Cloud (22-0-0, 18ko) in order to fight Antonio Tarver “in a stinker” two years ago, before again electing to not fight Cloud in order to box Pascal. Bonanni then stated an agreement had been struck with Pascal (26-2-1, 16ko) only for the 28-year-old to take on Bernard Hopkins instead, according to The Ring.

“At the end of the day they won’t fight us,” lamented Bonanni to Boxing Scene. “The fight [with Pascal] won’t happen. I guarantee it won’t happen. They say that Don King (Cloud’s promoter) wants options and this and that but all that stuff can be worked out. We will go in for less money than him, not a whole lot less… we are the champion but we understand that he is bringing the gate. It isn’t that hard to make the fight but it won’t happen.”

With undefeated Bute’s bout with high-profile American fighter Kelly Pavlik collapsing, Pascal’s countryman now appears to be available for a November fight and Bonanni confirmed that Cloud could be travelling to Canada to box the body-puncher dubbed Mister KO (pictured above) at a catchweight.

“We received a call to see if we were interested in fighting Bute. We heard from Don Majeski, who is Bute’s matchmaker and I said ‘sure, let’s do it.’ We’re the IBF champ at 175 and he’s the IBF champ at 168, so maybe we could do it at a catch-weight of 173.”

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Rest Of World Weigh-In: Bernard Hopkins is an old fox, Lucian Bute needs balls and I want Tavoris Cloud – Jean Pascal

3 Jul

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal, 28, reflected on his two fights with veteran American Bernard Hopkins and believes the disputed draw and unanimous loss has given him good experience as he’ll now be able to combat any “old tricks” that future opponents attempt to hit him with. Pascal also claimed fellow Canadian Lucian Bute “needs balls”.

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Pascal (front) says Hopkins (back) used old tricks

“After my fight with Bernard Hopkins we offered Lucian Bute to fight me next this fall, and he said no,” Pascal (26-2-1, 16ko) told On The Ropes radio recently. “Bute is a great fighter but he’s always fighting boxers below his level, and he needs to step up his game and fight boxers of his calibre.”

The Super Six World Boxing Classic tied up a number of the top ranked contenders and champions in the super middleweight division, leaving IBF champion Lucian Bute (28-0-0, 23ko) with a limited number of good opposition to select from. The Canadian/Romanian has made seven successful defences of his world title but the most notable names only include the likes of former European champion Brian Magee, two wins – one of them contentious – over Librado Andrade, Edison Miranda and William Joppy.

Compared to the opponents within the Super Six: Carl Froch, Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell and Mikkel Kessler… Bute’s wins as a champion look less than mighty, however, the scuppering point to any negotiation with Pascal – a fight that would generate huge interest in Canada as it pits their two greatest boxers together – was not to do with ducking on Bute’s part, but more to do with weight. Bute campaigns at 168lbs, whereas Pascal has been forging a name for himself at light heavyweight – seven pounds north of 168.

Bute allegedly has no intention of leaving the super middleweight division – a weight class saturated with top talent – just yet, while Pascal – whose walk-around weight is around 188lbs, with very little body fat to speak of – can no longer make that weight without jeopardising his fighting fitness.

Pascal remains openly critical of Bute: “He wants to fight Kelly Pavlik! Pavlik was a great boxer, but I don’t think he’s at Lucian Bute’s level right now… Bute is way bigger. So you know we offered him to fight me for the fourth time, and he said no. So I was really disappointed by him. Lucian Bute needs to get more balls, to risk himself a little bit, to try to roll the dice because one day it’s going to catch him.”

Regarding his own fight with legendary fighter Hopkins (scorecard and report are here), a guaranteed first ballot future Hall of Famer – Pascal said: “I gained a lot of experience. I learned old tricks, I know what to do, and in case something like that again happens I’m going to be able to deal with it because I would have been there already.

“In the sixth round, Bernard put his thumb in my eye so rounds six to ten I was seeing doubles. It was like I was seeing Bernard and I was seeing Hopkins at the same time. That was really crazy in the fight. So he has a lot of tricks like that, and I think that threw me off a little bit.

“He’s an old fox,” said Pascal. “He won the fight. I can’t say nothing about it. I’m not going to say that I got robbed. He won a close decision and let’s do it again for a third time.”

Despite losing his WBC and The Ring belt in his last contest, against Hopkins (52-5-2, 34ko) in May, there are rumours that Pascal may be thrust back into a world title fight, against knockout artist Tavoris Cloud (22-0-0, 18ko), who recently sparked out Yusaf Mack on June 25 (for scorecard and report click here).

“If the fight is in November or December, I’m in! I’m in with anyone,” Pascal said enthusiastically. “I saw great things about Cloud, but I saw some weaknesses, also. So I’m going to try to expose those weaknesses to win the fight.”

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Orthodox American: Chad Dawson pleads with world champion Bernard Hopkins to honour an agreement to box this year

25 May

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Light heavyweight contender Chad Dawson is hoping that WBC champion Bernard Hopkins will honour a previous agreement that ensured the winner of the Hopkins and Jean Pascal rematch last Saturday, May 21 would meet the winner of Dawson’s fight with Adrian Diaconu on the same card as there had been rumours that Hopkins would seek an alternative opponent for a bout later this year.

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“Bernard, I’m sure you would agree I allowed your fight to happen,” Dawson (30-1-0, 17ko) recently said in a message to the 46-year-old. “You said at the press conference I was next. I know that besides being a great champion, you’re also a person of your word, so I look forward to facing you later this year.”

Hopkins (52-5-2, 34) and his representatives, Golden Boy Promotions, are believed to have been entertaining the idea of overlooking Dawson for Hopkins’ first defence of his recently acquired WBC, IBO and The Ring world titles. Following Hopkins’ victory against Pascal (scored and reported by On The Beak; here) the veteran ring maestro told the 17,500 fans at the Bell Centre, Montreal that he hoped they would welcome him back to Canada as he intended on boxing Lucian Bute.

A reigning IBF super middleweight world champion since 2007, Bute extended his undefeated streak to 28 wins (23 by way of knockout) when he stopped Brian Magee in the tenth round on March 19. Bute is currently obligated to fight Frenchman Jean-Paul Mendy on July 9 but with the Super Six World Boxing Classic occupying it’s participants until the end of the year, there remains a lack of name opponents at 168lbs for the Romanian-Canadian.

Hopkins may be hoping that Bute would take the fight with him at 175lbs once he is done with Mendy, however, a potential scuppering point could be Bute’s fight deal with broadcasting giant Showtime, while Hopkins is with rival firm HBO.

According to ESPN, Golden Boy CEO Schaefer did not enthuse the idea of matching Hopkins’ old school fighting style with Dawson’s boxing method and so would go over the contract in order to explore potential “loopholes”.

Dawson’s promoter, Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions shared Dawson’s standpoint. He applauded Hopkins’ title triumph but added that he looked forward to a contest between the two fighters. He said: “Bernard, congratulations on the wave of good will you are currently riding. You deserve it. I know you’ll do the right thing and keep your word against Chad. We are looking forward to a terrific fight.”

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Orthodox American: Bernard Hopkins on surpassing George Foreman as boxing’s oldest major champion – I will fight until I’m 50

23 May

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Recently-installed WBC world light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins believes his latest achievement – dethroning Jean Pascal, a boxer 18 years his junior, to surpass George Foreman as the Sweet Science’s oldest major titlist – ranks as high as his stunning victory over aggressive WBA middleweight belt holder Felix Trinidad in September, 2001.

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For On The Beak‘s video feature on B-Hop’s five greatest fights, click here.

“It feels great,” Hopkins (52-5-2, 34ko) beamed following his unanimous decision victory over Pascal (26-2-1, 16ko) at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada on Saturday, May 21. “I did exactly what I wanted to do, which was break this record. I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I wasn’t going to be denied. You don’t get a chance to do this too often. You are supposed to win titles when you are younger… in your twenties, not when you’re 46.

“I can say I am a great fighter,” the veteran American added. “It was exciting,” he added, before indicating that he will be maintaining a more fan-friendly and entertaining fighting style for his future contests.

“I think everybody enjoyed themselves. I have been accused of being boring, but I saved the best for last. I am going to fight like this as long as I am boxing. I believe I am an entertainer. When you are in your last performances, you give it all you’ve got.”

Regarding Pascal, Hopkins said that the Haitian-Canadian packed a punch, but offered advice that he hopes Pascal will take heed from in order to embark on a successful comeback. He said: “I knew this guy was dangerous. He punched hard. He shouldn’t load up on his punches. He needs to take advice from this legend and not throw his punches so strongly. He is a tough kid and he hit me with some good shots, but I am in tremendous shape. He will be one of the ones that will stay around for a long time if he uses this education that he experienced tonight.”

He continued: “I think Canada will welcome me back to fight [Lucian] Bute. I want either Bute or [Chad] Dawson.”

Hopkins has enjoyed an illustrious career, as highlighted by On The Beak here. Together with making 20 successful defences of his middleweight title between 1995 and 2005, he became a two-weight world champion after progressing to light heavyweight. The 46-year-old, incredibly, appears to get better with age.

“This is in the top two moments of my career, right there alongside beating Felix Trinidad and the relevance of that. I showed him a little bit of [Thomas] Hearns, [Jersey Joe] Walcott and [Sugar] Ray Robinson, but mostly, I showed him me.”

Hopkins, a wily pro who loves to engage in mind games, began doing push-ups prior to the commencement of action in round seven and he claimed this was because he could tell Pascal was becoming fatigued and wanted his opponent to know there would be no let-up in the action.

“I just felt that I had to show that guy [Pascal] that he was fading and I was growing stronger. I wanted him to see me doing something crazy.

“If I want to box until I am 50, I will as long as I come out unscathed. I will fight as long as I am hungry. If I want to still box, I don’t want to embarrass myself. I understand the stats are against me. I had to put myself in a situation where I had to be near perfect. I want to thank everyone for enjoying history. I talked to George Foreman on the phone. He said he might come out of retirement to break my record [laughs]. If you thought tonight was something, you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

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Fight Results (With Video): B-Hop, Clev and Chad spice up light heavyweight scene, Lebedev kayoes Roy Jones Jr’s career and more

23 May

J.G Barrington – New York

It was a weekend of contrasting fortunes for old rivals Bernard Hopkins – who defeated Jean Pascal, a man 18 years his junior – and Roy Jones Jr, who was convincingly knocked out by cruiserweight counterpart Denis Lebedev in Moscow. Elsewhere, Nathan Cleverly affirmed his status as world titlist, George Groves bettered James DeGale and Tomas Rojas dominated Juan Jose Montes.

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Cruiserweight: Denis Lebedev – 10th Rd KO – Roy Jones Jr 

Notes – Roy Jones Jr suffered his third successive defeat, this time at the hands of Russian cruiserweight contender Denis Lebedev. Jones Jr showboated in the opening round but Lebedev beat the spirit out of the once great American as a series of blows in the final round knocked Jones Jr out cold. Referee Steve Smoger could have perhaps stepped in earlier to prevent Jones Jr taking a further shot flush on the chin when his lights had already been switched off (see embedded video above, credit – Youtube, Smarties1676, for final round highlights). For On The Beak‘s scorecard and fight summary, click here.

WBC World Light Heavyweight title: Bernard Hopkins – UD – Jean Pascal [116-112, 115-114, 115-113]

Notes – Jones Jr (above) bettered Hopkins in 1993 and secured legendary status with his exploits at light heavyweight and his one successful world heavyweight title shot, however, Hopkins has eclipsed old rival Jones Jr’s achievements by becoming the oldest champion of a major world boxing title when he decisioned Pascal in a rematch of their controversial draw last year. Hopkins fought well, was well conditioned and frustrated and bullied the younger fighter. For On The Beak‘s scorecard and fight summary, click here.

WBO World Light Heavyweight: Nathan Cleverly – 4th Rd TKO – Aleksy Kuziemski

Notes – There was refereeing inconsistency at the This Is It event in London on Saturday, May 21 as George Groves was allowed to go the distance despite bleeding profusely yet, in the WBO world title fight, Polish challenger Kuziemski was denied the opportunity of continuing due to what can only be described as a mild cut. Kuziemski, who is not a hard hitter, actually had Cleverly backing up in the second round but all the other action was enjoyed by the home fighter who looked determined to put on a show in his first defence. For On The Beak‘s scorecard and fight summary, click here.

Light Heavyweight: Chad Dawson – UD – Adrian Diaconu [117-111, 118-110, 116-112]

Notes – Multiple pundits seemed to be too harsh on Dawson who boxed reasonably well considering the length of his layoff and the fact he had a new trainer – Emanuel Steward – in his corner. Steward is instructing Dawson to become more aggressive and, while he lacked a finisher’s instinct or a pressure-fighter’s will against Diaconu, he still pieced together some good combinations and showed good general boxing skills. For On The Beak’s scorecard and fight summary, click here.

British Super Middleweight title: George Groves – MD – James DeGale [115-115, 115-114, 115-114]

Notes – This fight could have gone either way and depended on whether you preferred boxing-and-moving (which surprisingly came from Groves) or pressure (DeGale). For DeGale to progress he may need to alter his corner as his gameplan was all wrong. DeGale finished the fight well, the last two rounds were very exciting, and if he fought like that at the beginning of the bout, Groves may well have been stopped. Credit to Groves’ trainer Adam Booth, though, for masterminding a winning strategy. For On The Beak‘s scorecard and fight summary, click here.

Middleweight: Billy Joe Saunders – 2nd Rd TKO – Kevin Hammond 

Notes – An esteemed amateur, Saunders, in his ninth professional fight, destroyed a normally durable Hammond in just two rounds. Saunders has a style not too unlike DeGale (above) but will need sterner examinations in order to truly assess whether he is as prodigiously-talented as On The Beak‘s Alan Dawson suggests here. Saunders seemed to have a new found power in his shots against Hammond and his body work in particular was impressive. For On The Beak‘s scorecard and fight summary, click here.

Middleweight: Andy Lee – UD – Alex Bunema [100-90, 100-90, 100-90]

Notes – As well as Dawson (above), trainer Steward had another fighter shine this week as, on Wednesday night, Lee defeated Bunema by way of a one-sided ten-round decision. Lee fought tall, using his height and reach advantages to keep the contest on the outside. He would lead with his jab before unleashing a one-two punch combination. Lee’s southpaw jab and also straight lefts were his key punches.

Welterweight: Frankie Gavin – UD – Young Mutley [119-109, 118-110, 119-109]

Notes – The accolades seem to rain down on Gavin with consistent regularity yet the Birmingham boxer rarely excites. He remains undefeated due to his win over long-time domestic fight servant Mutley and, with the decision win, was awarded the WBO’s intercontinental strap at welterweight. Gavin, though, looked small for a fighter campaigning at 147lbs. For On The Beak‘s scorecard and fight summary, click here.

WBC World Super Flyweight title: Tomas Rojas – 11th Rd RTD – Juan Jose Montes 

Notes – Rojas’ second defence of his world title was a success as Montes quit on his stool at the end of the eleventh round. Montes, who has good one-punch knockout power, was denied the opportunity to land the power shot as Rojas broke his opponent down in a brutal display. By the end of the fight, the facial damage evident on Montes was extensive.

WBC Female Flyweight title: Mariana Juarez – 7th Rd TKO – Gabriela Bouvier

Notes – Juarez wowed a 5,000 strong crowd in her first defence. Juarez responded well to the home chants of ‘Mexico!’ and dominated Uruguayan opponent Bouvier from the chime of the opening bell. The referee was required to step in during the seventh round as Juarez was pummeling Bouvier without much response and so a technical knockout was awarded to Juarez.

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Scorecard And Summary: Bernard Hopkins becomes oldest incumbent of a major boxing championship by decisioning younger Jean Pascal

22 May

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Bernard Hopkins did everything right at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada on Saturday, May 21 as he out-jabbed, out-power punched and out-lasted Jean Pascal to score a unanimous decision. By becoming the new WBC, IBO and The Ring world champion at light heavyweight at 46-years-old, Hopkins made history, eclipsing George Foreman’s previous record (45-years-old) as the world’s oldest champion of a major title.

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Stone’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Pascal 10 10 9 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 10
Hopkins
9 9 10 9 9
10 10 10 10 10 10 9

Judges scorecards: 115-113, 116-112, 114-115, to Bernard Hopkins winner by unanimous decision.

Walking out to a bespoke edition of ‘My Way’, Hopkins entered the ring in his traditional executioner’s style mask. There had been large-scale psychological warfare during the build-up to this fight, mainly instigated by B-Hop although he himself was wound-up to the extent he initiated a shoving-match when Pascal claimed Hopkins should undergo a blood test at their first public conference earlier in the year. Hopkins had history on his mind… he fully intended on seeing through his ambition of becoming the oldest winner of a major world boxing championship and, aside from two knockdowns in the opening four rounds in his initial bout with Pascal, believed he had overcome the Haitian-Canadian as he dominated the middle and latter rounds. Hopkins required multiple attempts to make the weight on Friday but both men entered the ring 11lbs heavier than the light heavyweight limit as it was estimated they re-hydrated to around 186lbs.

Round By Round Summary

Round One: The centre of the ring was Hopkins’ as the younger Pascal moved around the periphery of the squared circle. The home fighter looked to double up on his jab from time to time but the stanza was dominated with Hopkins using all his ring savvy to draw Pascal into an attack, setting up potential traps and exercising a degree of caution as he clearly wanted to avoid early knockdowns like in the first fight.

Round Two: Hopkins’ trainer Nazim Richardson could be heard instructing his fighter to cut the ring off. There was great excitement in the opening minute of the second round as a scrappy brawl broke out. Pascal was, at times, leaping in and in effect was leaving himself open should Hopkins throw a straight right to the head. Both rounds have been tricky to score but Pascal was the clear aggressor.

Round Three: Another spicy toe-to-toe ruck ensued in the third but, like in the previous round, there was no clear winner from the fracas. Another exchange occurred moments later, however, with the majority of shots coming from the veteran American. Hopkins’ work-rate had moved up a notch in the third stanza. The best punch of the round came from Hopkins; an overhand right that caught Pascal straight on the chin, but the home fighter finished the third strongly.

Round Four: The fourth round could be categorised by either fencing or clinching. That is, until, the final minute when Hopkins began taunting the younger lion Pascal by sticking his tongue out. This sparked a furious response from Pascal who flew in recklessly; arguably the exact reaction that Hopkins desired. Hopkins’ general movement looked great. Pascal had Hopkins troubled at the end of the round with a right hook but the 46-year-old’s legs stood strong.

Round Five: The fight was always going to provide intrigue after four rounds. It was after the fourth that Hopkins really took control of his first fight with Pascal late last year and even called Pascal a four round fighter in recent conferences. Hopkins jabbed away at Pascal’s chest and seemed to sacrifice his stringent defence in favour for making a fan-friendly fight.

Round Six: Hopkins hit Pascal with a right as soon as the sixth began. Previously, Pascal had scored by bursting in spurts but he was reduced to solitary punching – with the majority missing. There was an excessive clinch midway through the sixth and both boxers were given a warning for failing to take heed of the referee’s instruction to break up the hold. Pascal did little in the sixth and Hopkins began to creep into Pascal’s head and steal the momentum.

Round Seven: Hopkins almost had Pascal floored in the seventh after scoring a thunderous right. Pascal ducked, then kept his head down as he was clearly hurt, leaving Hopkins tempted to punch the back of the head but instead tried to manhandle into a punchable position. The referee warned Pascal to keep his head up at all times. Hopkins landed another right on Pascal.

Round Eight: Hopkins landed strong shots on Pascal in the eighth and backed away from Pascal’s blows when the champion sought to attack. There were multiple brawls in the closing minute and the bout was beginning to be fought with bad intentions. Pascal was busy in the eighth but the more punishing shots were from Hopkins who stunned Pascal with a right.

Round Nine: Hopkins sought to fortify his authority with his jab in the ninth. Like previous rounds there was again excessive clinching. Pascal almost had Hopkins on the ropes but the American was rarely, if ever, rooted to the spot. Hopkins should have had a knockdown in the ninth but it was not registered.

Round Ten: Hopkins may come to rue the inability of the referee to call a knockdown as Pascal’s glove touched the canvas again in the tenth round. Pascal fought wildly in the tenth, with the majority of punches missing, however, the home fighter did catch Hopkins with a number of shots. Hopkins returned to his corner with a smirk on his face.

Round Eleven: Hopkins’ predictions that Pascal would tire after four rounds appeared to have become reality as Pascal continued to like dogged, sloppy and casual. Pascal looked poorer on tonight’s performance than he did in the first fight whereas Hopkins looked stronger. Pascal looked tired and needed a knockout to win going into the final round.

Round Twelve: Hopkins was hurt in the final stanza but recovered sufficiently to evade Pascal’s follow-up shots. It was the right hand that had dazed Hopkins and, like he needed to be, was the aggressor but was ultimately unable to close the fight and allowed the American to go the distance.

With victory, Hopkins rose to 52-5-2, 32ko and stated that he will go on to ‘bigger and better things’. The likelihood is that he will box Chad Dawson next, who trumped Adrian Diaconu on the undercard, and then potentially Lucian Bute. Hopkins said that, even at 46, he does not intend to quit fighting until he is 50 or over. With his recent displays, he has solidified his ranking as a top ten pound-for-pound fighter and a active boxing legend and, considering the calibre of his upcoming opponents, such status can only be fortified.

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