The last time we saw Bernard Hopkins he out-pointed Jean Pascal to become, at age 46 years 137 days, the oldest boxer to capture a major title. On Saturday Hopkins seeks to make history again, for should he defeat Chad Dawson he'll break George Foreman's record for the oldest man to successfully defend a widely recognized belt. "Big George" was 46 years 113 days old when he decisioned Axel Schulz to keep his IBF strap, and should Hopkins prevail, the mark will move to 46 years 284 days. Dawson is a 7-5 favorite.
(Note: For those who cite Archie Moore, his 1916 birth year was confirmed by census records shortly after his 1998 death. Therefore, he was 45 years 190 days old when he defeated Giulio Rinaldi in June 1961, not age 48 as previously believed).
Lost in the shuffle is Dawson, who until recently was considered the best light heavyweight in the world and a rising star. Will Hopkins rewrite the record books again or will Dawson quiet the skeptics? Their CompuBox histories reveal the following trends: