Will Bernard Hopkins have to take extra drug testing for his May 21 rematch with Jean Pascal? (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Fightnews.com reports this evening that the boxing commission in Quebec, Canada, is "strongly considering" extra drug testing for the May 21 rematch between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins.
Hopkins, 46, is attempting for the second time to become the oldest man to ever win a championship in boxing. In December, when he first chased the goal, he and Pascal went to a hotly-debated draw in Quebec City. This time, the rematch will be held in Montreal.
Building up to the fight this time around, the 28-year-old Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KO) has loudly and somewhat strangely demanded more testing for the fight, all but outwardly accusing Hopkins of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.
The two recently matched verbal insults and bravado in HBO's Face Off with Max Kellerman. If you missed that, give it your attention:
We'll let you know if anything comes out of this situation, or if it's just talk.