UEBEC CITY (AFP) - Bernard Hopkins declared he was robbed of becoming the oldest major world champion in boxing history Saturday when he had to settle for a majority draw against Haitian-born Canadian Jean Pascal. Pascal inflicted the first two knockdowns suffered by Hopkins in 16 years to keep his World Boxing Council light heavyweight crown before a sellout crowd at Le Colisee that booed the deadlocked verdict with the 45-year-old American. After 12 rounds a US judge gave Hopkins a 114-112 victory while Canadian and Belgian judges scored the fight a draw by scores of 113-113 and 114-114 respectively. Hopkins enjoyed an unbeaten 10-year reign as a world middleweight champion in a 22-year career while Pascal, 28, was only six years old when Hopkins turned professional in 1988. The veteran, who turns 46 on January 15, would have broken the age mark set by George Foreman, who was 10 months past his 45th birthday when he knocked out fellow American Michael Moorer in 1994 for the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. Instead, Hopkins missed his chance at history as his record went to 51-5 with two drawn. This was sure enough robbery. And this one hurts the sport, Hopkins said. One reason fighters from the States dont like fighting outside the country is stuff like this. I know I won the fight. Despite not taking the victory, Pascal made his fourth successful title defense, seeing his record move to 26-1-1. He dismissed Hopkins complaints, saying, We have fair judges in Canada. I believe I won the fight, Pascal said. I did enough to win the fight. I dropped him twice. That wasnt my best fight. Its not that hes that good. Hes just a tough guy to box. Pascal sent Hopkins down in the first and third rounds. The American complained that he was struck behind the head on the first and slipped on the other but neither plea was answered. It was back of the head. I wasnt even hurt. I probably won that round they called a knockdown, Hopkins said. To put up a gallant performance like I did after a back of the head knockdown, where I had the guy beat up and he was holding, thats not right. I dominated the fight. I had more punches landed. I landed m ore shots. He got in some good shots. But I took him to school. Pascal said he would have no problem giving Hopkins a rematch. Of course Im not happy. I am a champion, Pascal said. But I am the world champion and I did enough to win that fight. I would have no problem to fight him again. Anytime. Pascal sent his supporters into a frenzy in the final seconds of the first round when a right to the side of the head of an attacking Hopkins sent the American to the canvas. It was the first time since 1994 that Hopkins had been knocked down. The second time came far sooner. Pascal sent Hopkins to his knees with 30 seconds remaining in the third round, the veteran going down again under left hooks to the head and chest. Hopkins landed three punches after the bell rang to end the third round but there was no deduction by referee Michael Griffin, deciding the screams of the crowd kept Hopkins from hearing the bell. Hopkins was aggressive in the fourth but went down once more from a blow to the back of the head by Pascal, negating the knockdown but serving notice of the difficult task Hopkins faced. The fight settled into a rhythm from there as Pascal and Hopkins exchanged flurries and counterpunches, Hopkins pounding the champions body with left hooks in a bid to work his way back into the bout. Hopkins threw more punches than a rival nearly 18 years his junior and kept Pascal on the defensive into the final seconds of the 11th round. Pascal was sent to the canvas when the feet of the fighters tangled, ruled a slip and not a knockdown. In the 12th, Hopkins pressed the attack from the start and repeatedly forced the champion into the ropes. They ended the fight with a furious exchange.