At 46, Bernard Hopkins will again attempt to defy age when he defends his WBC light heavyweight crown against 29-year-old Chad Dawson on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Hopkins became the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world championship in May when he defeated Jean Pascal eclipsing the record of 45 years of age held by George Foreman.

You're going to see a fight where the youth wants to take the lion that's in the jungle and retire him, said Hopkins who has a record of 52-5-2 with 32 knockouts.

I'm just not ready to go, to leave the jungle.

The left-handed Dawson is a former two-time title holder with a record of 30-1 with 17 knockouts.

This is what I've been waiting for my whole life, since I was a little kid, to be fighting on this stage, Dawson said.

The best light heavyweight in the world was Bernard Hopkins, but Saturday night it's going to be me.