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Bernard Hopkins arrives in Quebec

Bernard Hopkins meets the press at the airport

Bernard Hopkins meets the press at the airport in Quebec. December 14, 2010. Credit: Luc Grenier

History could be made on Saturday when Bernard Hopkins squares off against Jean Pascal for the WBC light heavyweight title.

If Hopkins (51-5-1) defeats Pascal (26-1), he will become the oldest fighter in the history of the sport to win a significant world title. Hopkins will be 38 days older than "Big" George Foreman was when he defeated Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World title on November 5, 1994.

The bout will be broadcast on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City.

The thought of making history certainly wasn't lost on the 45-year-old.

"This goes beyond being a champion," Hopkins said when he arrived at Jean-Lesage International Airport in Québec City on Tuesday. "This is a grand opportunity. It is a situation I don't take for granted. Saturday night you will see something unique. A 45-year-old man in a young man's body is an amazing thing. I am here to prove that I can still compete and that I am something special."

He'll be facing a younger fight in Pascal, who recorded the biggest win of his career last August when he stopped Chad Dawson at the Bell Centre.

"What do I have to lose?," Hopkins said. "[Pascal] has 16,000 fans coming to see him. That many people make a lot of noise and I am going to use that to my advantage. The crowd is my inspiration. I think I am going to gain some Canadian fans when they see what I do against Pascal. I am 100 percent ready and it is going to be an amazing fight."

 

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