20 May 2011

American boxer seeks to become oldest champion

6:44 pm on 20 May 2011

American Bernard Hopkins will try to become the oldest major world champion in boxing history this weekend when he fights Canada's Jean Pascal in Montreal for the World Boxing Council light heavyweight crown in Montreal.

Hopkins will be 126 days beyond his 46th birthday when he steps into the ring for a rematch of a controversial majority draw last December that allowed Pascal to keep his title.

That makes Hopkins 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 to claim the IBF and World Boxing Association heavyweight crowns in 1994.

Jack Nicklaus won the last of his record 18 major golf titles at age 46 at the 1986 Masters, the oldest man to ever claim the green jacket at Augusta National, while Willie Shoemaker became the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby in 1986 at age 54.