Ringside With Raymundo 12.16.10: Hop-Can vs. Pascal
Posted by Raymundo Dioses on 12.16.2010
Bernard Hopkins will try to become the oldest light heavyweight champion of all time as he steps into the ring against Jean Pascal this Saturday! 411's Raymundo Dioses takes a look at the match-up and and how it will make history one way or another!
Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins will try to make December 18, 2010 a day that lives in boxing infamy as the day that we see the oldest champion crowned at the age of 45 and change in a title fight in Canada televised by Showtime.
Standing in the way is 28 year old WBC champion Jean Pascal, who wants December 18 to be remembered as a day he defeated a Future Hall of Famer in what would be his fifth successful title defense of the crown.
Pascal, (26-1, 16KO) is fresh off an upset win over top rated Chad Dawson; the fight was a beauty for Pascal, who was consistently first to the punch and controlled throughout before the fight was stopped due to a nasty gash suffered by Dawson. The cards were laid out in Pascal's favor, and a rematch clause was in effect for a return bout, albeit with interim bouts beforehand.
Thus, Pascal gets a chance to knock off two top ten fighters in the span of four months, in what could make him a late participant in the Fighter of the Year category; and Hopkins gets a chance to dethrone Heavyweight George Foreman as the oldest person ever to lace up some gloves and win a championship belt.
Pascal is 6-0 fighting in Canada's Bell Centre and is still almost two whole years away from turning three decades old. In looking at Pascal's previous fights, it's almost unquestionable that the guy is in his prime.
Yet we have seen in the past what Hopkins can do to young fighters in their prime; from Tito Trinidad to the most recent thrashing of Kelly Pavlik, you could probably safely bet on Hopkins even if he entered into an ice cream eating contest against an eight year old. Hopkins himself knows he is a first ballot guy for a nod from Canastota, and simply doesn't care about age. He said so himself recently.
"Youth doesn't bother me," said Hopkins, (51-5-1, 32KO). "I have faced youth. Pascal hasn't faced someone like me. He hasn't faced a legend. He is hosting me in his country, on his turf, defending his title. He has a lot to be nervous about on top of the fact that when he looks in the opposite corner on fight night, he is going to see greatness. I can only add to my legacy. I can only continue to make history and back-up what I have already accomplished."
Pascal has done what any fighter of any age does heading into fight night: study his opponent. Hopkins is known as a master craftsman on all three major boxing categories, offense, defense, and let's just say, miscellaneous.
Regarding miscellaneous, go ahead and enter the ins and outs of the fight game; effective holding, slick punches in the clinch referees miraculously miss, and just an overall sense of what exactly to do at exactly the right time at any point in a fight, legal or of the slightly shifty manner.
However, Pascal has hit the books, or rather, the videotapes, and believes he has the formula to record his seventh win in the venue where he originally punched his way to the green WBC belt.
"Bernard is a smart guy. He's a smart fighter. He's a quick fighter, but the thing that people don't know is it's always doing the same style over and over. He looks different, but I found out some things that I can exploit on December 18th. I can't tell you what it is right now, but if you tune on December 18th you're going to see what is .... I'm going to exploit that at the maximum and it's going to be a good fight. I'm going to be the winner of the bout."
As stated earlier, history is going to be made one way or another come Saturday night.
So tune in, because come this weekend, it'll be Showtime for the last meaningful fight of 2010.
That's it, that's all. There should be a Pacquiao announcement fresh out of the Philippines regarding his next opponent in Las Vegas in April 2011.
Stay tuned, 411 will have it before anyone else.
Not really, but we will know just as soon as it breaks.
Throw who you think it will be in the comment section.
Mosley? Marquez? Berto?
THROUGH MY EYES
I'll be honest; it wasn't until I wrote this piece that I realized Pascal has the chance to knock off two top ten guys in 120 day span. If he wins, that has to put him in line for Fighter of the Year. He might get treated like the other guys sitting next to Cam Newton, though… I forgot to pass some info that Wolak's publicist told me a few weeks ago. JCCJ lost somewhere between 600 to 700k, and Wolak lost about 70 to 75k due to not fighting on December 4 in Anaheim. That's a whole lot of tamales, and a whole lot of Vodka, people… It's been an ok year, as a whole, you have to admit, or at least partially admit, especially with the last few months happenings. And 2011 looks like it will be a junior-welterweight dominated, two to three mega fight and up-and-comer year that should be very entertaining. So let's be happy heading into 2011, and go vote in Obama for a second term…