MONTREAL - Philadelphia's Bernard Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a major world championship, taking the WBC light-heavyweight title Saturday night from Jean Pascal at the age of 46.
Hopkins (52-5-2) is the oldest fighter to take a major world belt since George Foreman won the heavyweight title with a victory over Michael Moorer in 1994.
"I won't retire until I'm 50," Hopkins said.
He won the WBC, IBO, and The Ring magazine titles from the 28-year-old Pascal (26-2-1), the Montreal fighter who was making his fifth defense in front of 17,560 at the Bell Centre.
The bout was a rematch of their Dec. 18 draw in Quebec City.
"He's a great champion. He has great defense and a lot of tricks. I was a young champion," Pascal said of Hopkins in the ring afterward. "These two fights will help take me to the next level. I learned a lot from Bernard and his style."
Hopkins played up his uncanny fitness in the pre-fight banter and looked the fresher man throughout the bout, taunting Pascal by doing push-ups as he waited for him to start the seventh round and doing them again after the fight.