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Pascal-Hopkins erupts

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Dave Spencer

Tempers boiled over in Montreal this morning as Bernard Hopkins came face to face in advance of their May 21st return engagement at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “I wanted the fight here so I could kick his ass in his own backyard,” said Hopkins as the champion Jean Pascal sat back and yawned.

Things totally erupted when Pascal took the microphone and gave Hopkins all his championship belts. “I know you’re a thief, so I’m giving them to you now, but after May 21st, they’re staying here.” Pascal then upped the ante and accused the 46 year-old of cheating. “Are you willing to take a blood test for the fans and the rest of the world to prove you’re clean? You’re from the same family as Shane Mosley. Are you willing to take the test?”

As Hopkins got up to leave saying he would submit to any test the Quebec Commission required, Pascal stayed the aggressor and got into a shoving match and had to be physically restrained. “You’re a f-ing cheater,” the Montreal fighter screamed as Hopkins left the room.

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