By Lem Satterfield
Should two-division champion, Bernard Hopkins, of Philadelphia, dethrone WBC light heavyweight champion, Jean Pascal, of Canada, on May 21 before Pascal's home town fans at Bell Centre in Montreal, Hopkins said that his deal with HBO includes three more fights, including a possible fall bout opposite former WBC titlist Chad Dawson.
The 46-year-old Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 knockouts) will meet the 28-year-old Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) in a rematch of December's disputed, majority draw, during which Hopkins rose from two knockdowns and yet appeared to outbox Pascal over the remainder of their fight at the Pepsi Coleseum in Quebec City, Canada.
Pascal was coming off of his fifth straight win, which was August's HBO-televised, 11th-round technical unanimous decision victory over Dawson (29-1, 17 KOs) that was staged at Bell Centre, in Montreal.
On the undercard of Pascal-Hopkins, the 28-year-old Dawson is facing 32-year-old contender Andrian Diaconu (27-2, 15 KOs), who has twice lost to Pascal.
Beyond Dawson, Hopkins said that he would like to face either southpaw IBF super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) of Canada, or, the winner of Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Super Middleweight Classic, whose semifinals feature 27-year-old WBA king Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) defending against 31-year-old Artrhur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday, and 33-year-old WBC titlist Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) taking on 42-year-old former world champion, Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on June 4.
Against Pascal, Hopkins, who turned 46 in January, is looking to become the oldest fighter in the history of the sport to win a significant world title in what will be 192 days older than when 45-year-old George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round on November 5, 1994, to become the eldest man to win a heavyweight crown.