Hopkins says don’t be surprised if Pascal gets hurt in the ring on 5/21
By Dan Ambrose: 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins is livid with his treatment by WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal at their recent press conference this week to announce their rematch on May 21st in Montreal, Canada.
The 28-year-old Pascal started off by saying Hopkins is a thief and then progressed to demanding he take a blood test for performance enhancing drugs before they fight in May. The press conference quickly degraded into a near free for all with Hopkins shoving Pascal and Pascal responding by slapping Hopkins in the face.
Hopkins had this to say about his upcoming rematch with Pascal: “When a guy says I’m eating some kind of candy, that makes me angry. Don’t be surprised if he dies in the ring on May 21. Don’t be surprised if I kill him. That’s how angry I am.”
This is a bit over the top if you ask me. Hopkins isn’t a huge puncher and never has been. He couldn’t hurt Pascal last time they fought and it was him that was knocked down twice.
At 46, the power and the hand speed just isn’t there for Hopkins to knockout or seriously hurt Pascal. He doesn’t have Julian Jackson power and never did. Their previous fight in December ended in a 12 round draw.
A lot of people felt that Hopkins had done enough to get a decision, but the knockdowns really hurt Hopkins. For Hopkins to win in the rematch, he’ll have to hope he can outwork Pascal again and get him to fight the same fight as last time.