22 May 2011

Bernard Hopkins wins again at age 46

6:03 pm on 22 May 2011

Ring veteran Bernard Hopkins has beaten Jean Pascal by a decision in a World Boxing Council light heavyweight bout in Montreal to become the oldest major world champion in boxing history.

The 46-year-old Hopkins came on strong in the middle rounds and hung on in the 12th against the hard-hitting Canadian Pascal to get a unanimous decision.

Hopkins is 126 days beyond his 46th birthday.

He is 24 days older than US heavyweight legend George Foreman was when Foreman defended the International Boxing Federation crown against Germany's Axel Schulz in 1995 with a split-decision victory.

Foreman became the oldest fighter to take a world title when he knocked out fellow American Michael Moorer 2:03 into the 10th round to claim the IBF and World Boxing Association heavyweight crowns on November 5th, 1994.