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April 27, 2017

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WBC orders title rematch after Hopkins-Pascal bout

NEW YORK--World Boxing Council officials have ordered a rematch between Canada's Jean Pascal and American Bernard Hopkins, whose bid to become boxing oldest world champion ended in a controversial draw last month.

Sanctioning body president Jose Sulaiman sent a letter to both camps ordering a rematch of the Dec. 18 bout in Quebec City rather than Pascal's planned title defense against U.S. fighter Chad Dawson.

"The WBC board of governors has voted in favor of ordering the immediate rematch," Sulaiman wrote. "The winner of this fight has the obligation to fight Chad Dawson immediately without any intervening contest."

Nine days before his 46th birthday, Hopkins was given a second chance to become the oldest major world champion in boxing history, a mark that now belongs to U.S. heavyweight legend George Foreman.

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