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21 NOVEMBER 2018


SecondsOut Team Pick Pascal vs. Hopkins

Pascal vs. Hopkins: Tom Casino/Showtime
Pascal vs. Hopkins: Tom Casino/Showtime

The new world champion is younger and possibly stronger, facing the veteran great who has a track record of teaching younger opponents a thing or two about boxing, but that hasn’t stopped SecondsOut’s team of fearless writers from making their confident picks for Saturday’s WBC light heavyweight title match between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, televised in the USA on Showtime Championship Boxing.

“Both guys fight with similar styles...boxing in spurts, and neither guy is a big puncher at 175. This should be an interesting 12-round chess match. Despite the fact that Pascal tends to tire late and Hopkins often rallies down the stretch, the much younger defending champion figures to draw extra energy from his hometown support and outwork The Executioner, but I can’t go against my fellow Philadelphian. Hopkins wins by controversial split decision. Hopkins W.SD.12.”
- Gregory Juckett, Content Editor - New York, USA

“Jean Pascal brings significant courage, power and workrate into this fight. But how the new champion reacts to facing a great like Bernard Hopkins cannot be predicted. If he gives Hopkins time to move and work his technical brilliance, he may wait himself out of the fight. The veteran brings pop to his punches when he leads with his right hands and his cagey moves will most likely confuse his younger opponent. The tip here is that Hopkins wins on points close over the distance in an extremely cautious battle. Hopkins W.12.”
- Paul Upham, Content Editor - Sydney, Australia

“If B-Hop is still young he wins easily. I can see a virtual repeat of Hopkins-Trinidad. If it finally happens that he suddenly turns 45/46 for real, he will lose. But I don’t see him losing. He will dominate with his enormous skill set. Pascal will have his moments when he manages to crowd the old master, but it will not be enough. If all is fair in Canada for an American it will be Hopkins by unanimous decision. Hopkins W.UD.12.”
- Jerry Glick - Contributing Editor - New York City, USA

“This might be too big an ask for the near 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins in the champion’s backyard. The fresher, underrated Jean Pascal triumphs in an ugly maul that inevitably divides opinions. Pascal W.SD.12.”
- Mark Butcher, Founding Editor - London, UK

“This one with both fighters in their prime and at their best would be an easy win for the Executioner, but that is not the case. I would love to see Bernard Hopkins win and set the record as boxing’s oldest fighter to win a world title but Jean Pascal is the young lion in this one and fighting on home turf. Pascal via decision, but every time I pick against Bernard he proves me and you wrong. I hope he does again. It’s a middle age guy thing you know. Pascal W.12.”
- James Smith aka. Smitty, Host, In This Corner TV - USA

“Jean Pascal proved in his fight with Chad Dawson, that he is not only a brawler, he knows how to take advantage of situations and speculate. Bernard Hopkins is an all time great and looking for one more night, that seems wouldn’t add to much to his magnificent legacy. He’s too tricky and smart, so I expect a lot of work for the referee.
It will be close, but the youngest man at home will win by a couple of points. Pascal W.UD.12.”
- Juan Pablo Manfredi - Buenos Aires, Argentina

“There is nothing that Jean Pascal has shown that would indicate that he has the talent or skills to upend Bernard Hopkins on a good night. The real questions with this fight are whether or not Hopkins’ ago finally catches up with him and the choice of the location. Pascal can make a lot of mistakes in this fight, but as long as he is significantly more active, he is going to have an advantage in his hometown. One thing we have all learned is not to bet against Hopkins. Hopkins should be able to do enough over 12 rounds to earn the decision. Hopkins W.12.”
- John Lumpkin - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

“I cannot recall ever cheering for Bernard Hopkins. I guess there’s a first time for everything. Jean Pascal was perhaps a little underrated by myself going into the Chad Dawson fight. However, I still think Dawson proved he was the better skilled fighter and, by hurting Pascal several times, he convinced me he could stop him. Yet, he punched infrequently and had a unclear plan on fight night. Hopkins will have a detailed plan. He may not be a whirlwind of activity, but that’s because that’s his style. He will slow down the pace of his fight and Pascal will meet him on the Executioner’s terms. I believe Pascal has high regard for Hopkins and it will inhibit his activity further in this fight. Hopkins’ legacy will grow after he wins a wide unanimous decision. Hopkins W.UD.12.”
- Derek Bonnett - Connecticut, USA

“Up to this point, Bernard Hopkins has defied the aging process. There have been multiple times when I thought Hopkins’ age was going to show and it didn’t. The last being his fight with Kelly Pavlik. So, frankly, I stopped betting against the middle-age fighter. The key to remember with Hopkins is that he always shows well against younger boxer-punchers. And, that is what he is facing in Pascal a young boxer-puncher. Although I do not believe Hopkins can deliver the dramatic knockout like he did against De la Hoya and Trinidad, I do believe Hopkins will soundly defeat the Haitian-Canadian Pascal much like he convincingly beat Pavlik. Hopkins W.UD.12 .”
- Albert Jimenez Howell - Las Vegas, USA

“I had the privilege of sitting ringside when Bernard Hopkins painted a masterpiece against Kelly Pavlik. So I should know better than to pick against the Executioner. However, he is facing a guy who is on one of the most impressive runs in the sport. Pascal’s foot speed and unorthodox style will present too tough of a challenge for the professor to solve. The backing of 16,000 fans will react to every punch Pascal lands, which will be enough to give him the edge in close rounds. Bernard will have his moments, but Pascal will have more. Pascal W.UD.12.”
- Jason Pribila - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

“For everyone out there who are in their mid forties it would be great if Bernard Hopkins could prove that age is just a number (if he could beat Jean Pascal soundly) but I don’t believe he can. I think Hopkins time now has passed and the Canadian will show to the world that it is finally time for the executioner to hang up the gloves and try something else. Pascal is a good boxer and Hopkins was a great boxer who now is fading. The champion wins over the American on TKO in the seventh round. Pascal W.TKO.7.”
- Teddy Stenmark - Sweden

“Bernard Hopkins will be too smart for the limited Jean Pascal and should prevail over 12 rounds. Hopkins W.UD.12.”
- Lwazi Ndzobongo - South Africa

“Bernard Hopkins has the experience to last the full twelve rounds, but his age and lack of activity in the ring will allow Jean Pascal to win the majority of the rounds in what will probably be a dull fight. Pascal W.12.”
- Amilcar Barnett - Benque Viejo, Cayo, Belize, Central America

“Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal should be a good fight to watch. I have always admired Bernard Hopkins and what he has done for the sport. He’s fully accomplished and a obvious Hall of Famer. He still wants to prove that he can beat any light heavyweight out there. Now he has an opportunity to dethrone the recently crowned champ, Pascal, in hostile territory. Pascal is a warrior and showed great courage and strength in the rematch with Diaconu. He did take many by surprise, including myself, at how he handled Chad Dawson. Maybe it was more of what Dawson didn’t do, but a win is a win. I don’t feel that fight should have been stopped. I’m sure Rafael Garcia would have been able to clean up Dawson’s cut enough for him to finish the fight. Back to this fight, unless nothing unusual happens out of Bernard’s control I feel that he will earn a victory by decision. Hopkins W.UD.12.”
- Derek Gionta - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

“I’ve always been a fan of Bernard Hopkins. I like his ring IQ, his ability to adapt, his toughness, and his dedication. He always showed up in top shape and played a good villain, which is needed to promote fights. But I think his time is up. His last impressive win was against Pavlik, who’s a one-dimensional brawler with limited boxing ability. Based on his last few fights, he’s finally starting to show his age. Pascal really turned heads with his win against Chad Dawson. He showed his toughness and his considerable boxing ability. Hopkins has a granite chin so I don’t think he’ll get knocked out but I think Pascal will finally end Hopkins’ career with a decision victory. Pascal W.UD.12.”
- Tri Nguyen - Alexandria, Virginia, USA

“I picked Trinidad when Hopkins was the underdog. I picked Tarver when Hopkins was the underdog. I picked Pavlik when Hopkins was the underdog. Let’s just say I get the picture - Hopkins by decision. Bernard is an out and out legend and he always finds a way to win when the chips are down. I rate Jean Pascal but he’ll struggle with Bernard’s experience and old school finesse. Hopkins W.12.”
- Tom Gray - Motherwell, Scotland, UK




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