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Bernard Hopkins: I'm the special one


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Bernard Hopkins vowed to prove that he is "special" as he arrived in Quebec City, Canada for Saturday's showdown with Jean Pascal for the IBO and WBC light-heavyweight titles.


The age-defying, 45-year-old Hopkins (51-5-1 32KOs) would become the oldest fighter in the history of boxing to win a prominent world title if he can better of Pascal (26-1 16KOs), who is 17 years his junior.


"This goes beyond being a champion," said Hopkins. "This is a grand opportunity. It is a situation I don't take for granted. Saturday night you will see something unique.


"A 45-year-old man in a young man's body is an amazing thing. I am here to prove that I can still compete and that I am something special."


"What do I have to lose? He [Pascal] has 16,000 fans coming to see him. That many people make a lot of noise and I am going to use that to my advantage.


"The crowd is my inspiration. I think I am going to gain some Canadian fans when they see what I do against Pascal. I am 100 percent ready and it is going to be an amazing fight."


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