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Hopkins, 46, beats Pascal to become oldest title winner

Reuters, MONTREAL

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

The bout was a rematch of the duo’s controversial majority decision draw in Quebec City in December last year, in which Hopkins thought he had done enough to win, but only one of the three judges awarded him a win.

On Saturday in Montreal, however, all three judges awarded the canny, former undisputed world middleweight champion the fight, with Hopkins claiming 116-112, 115-114 and 115-113 majorities.

Although Pascal was the younger man by 18 years, he appeared to tire surprisingly early in the fight and took advantage of every second of the one-minute rest between rounds to catch his breath on his stool.

CLEVERLY V KUZIEMSKI

AFP, LONDON

Nathan Cleverly’s first defence of his WBO light-heavyweight title ended with a fourth-round stoppage win on cuts against Poland’s Aleksy Kuziemski in London on Saturday.

The Welshman had been due to face previous title-holder Juergen Braehmer at the O2 Arena, but the German pulled out and was stripped of his title, with Cleverly promoted to champion.

The 24-year-old Cleverly was then due to face Tony Bellow, only for his fellow British boxer to be ruled out after problems making the weight.

Eventually, the Welshman was paired against the 34-year-old Kuziemski.

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