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 Last update:  1/27/2014       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Hopkins Gives Jean Pascal a B+ For Lucian Bute Win
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by David P. Greisman

Bernard Hopkins fought Jean Pascal twice, holding him to a draw in 2010 and then winning the light heavyweight championship from him in 2011. Hopkins watched Pascal’s fight with Lucian Bute earlier this month and was complimentary of his performance, while also noting the influence that Roy Jones Jr. had.

 “Pascal did an excellent job of sticking to having action when he needed to and having patience when he needed to,” Hopkins told “And Bute couldn’t get off, not only his body attack, but he couldn’t get off on Pascal. I thought the way the fight was going earlier, that somehow Bute thought that Pascal, who has a history of getting tired or taking breaks, and it didn’t happen.

“I think Roy Jones had a lot to do with that. I think he’s [Pascal has] been inspired, and always been a Roy Jones fan, and justifiably so. No matter what Roy has done in the past four or five years of his career, you can’t deny or you can’t ignore, a guy like Pascal understands the history and what he can learn from one of his heroes. I give him a B-plus. The only reason I give him a B-plus is because he didn’t knock the guy out.”

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Tags: Bernard Hopkins , Jean Pascal , Lucian Bute , Bute-Pascal , Bute vs. Pascal


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comment by jas, on 01-28-2014
bhop was licking his chomps watching shumenov fight a complete bum. but bhop is allowed to cherrypick, hes darn gone turned 49 years of age.

comment by APBrooklyn, on 01-28-2014
Let's get technical here shall we: "B" was my first thought too- but after thinking more about it, I think B-hop is actually correct with "B+" - Because when you speak of a fighter in this way, you are rating/comparing that fighter's performance that night to their own Max-capabilities..... a...

comment by Jloro, on 01-28-2014
[QUOTE=US Dirk Killer]I bet he gave Shumenov a triple A+. I swear, he looked pathetic rignside acting like a cheerleader[/QUOTE] You look pathetic degrading him on the internet

comment by sergey.smith, on 01-28-2014
Hopkins was very gracious to Pascal. Pascal looked terrible even with Bute doing not much. Any of the LH's beat him.

comment by Mr. Philadel, on 01-28-2014
[QUOTE=Cupo303]Did Garcia really sit on your face?[/QUOTE] Maybe, maybe not....but which man wouldn't want this sexy chick to sit on him?!?...Kaylin Garcia got a donk!!

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