|The Amazing Bernard Hopkins
By Daniel Miltz, Doghouse Boxing (June 29, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Let’s take a look at what is happening! Bernard Hopkins started boxing in 1988. He’s been getting title shots since the early 90′s, losing to Roy Jones Jr. in the IBF Middleweight title. Despite his twilight years, Hopkins looks to be in excellent shape and appears to be more progressively fit as his fight career keeps on stepping forward.
In 2011, the Philly born native became the eldest boxer to hold a major world championship after whipping Jean Pascal in Canada for the IBO, Ring, and WBC belts, deciphering George Foreman’s grasp of being the ‘oldest geezer to win the entitlement.’ So now he goes in the boxing annals as the “Moses of Boxing.”
“I won’t retire until I’m 50,” Hopkins remarks! Also, I want to say this about George Foreman: “He's been a great servant to the sport.”
Bernard Hopkins is demonstrating that age is just a digit at the fledgling age of 46 years. Even at 46, Hopkins is a fine example of fitness, astuteness, shrewdness and being very crafty.
Bernard Hopkins’ legendary career has seen many amazing nights, but none like that night at the Bell Centre on May 21, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, where he came away with the judges scores of 115-113; 116-112; 115-114. The International Boxing Organization light heavyweight title was taken away from him because he didn’t pay the sanctioning fee. (Oh well! - "Hey guys maybe he didn’t want it?").
To add further into that fight, it was a highly entertaining bout between Hopkins and Pascal in Quebec. While Pascal was surveying to finish the fight early with power strikes that did not fall right, Hopkins kept stabbing with forceful shots as he looked fresher throughout the fight. He even goaded Pascal before the seventh round, doing push ups while passing the time for the former champion to return from his corner. He executed it again after the fight was over.
Hopkins‘ post statement after the fight was : “Anyone I fought twice, I destroyed.” As long as there is a sport of boxing, people will look back and be inspired by the story of how a 46-year-old man became world champion.
Hopkins’ next fight will be against Chad Dawson, who beat the native born Romanian, Montreal resident, Adrian Diaconu, on the undercard of Hopkins/ Pascal. Dawson’s (30-1) only career loss came against Jean Pascal after the fight was stopped in the 11th round due to a accidental headbutt. Pascal was leading by a large leeway on the scorecards, snatching Dawson’s IBO crown.
Hopkins vs. Dawson is what I want to see personally, but there is no makeup to that fight. Dawson has a unexciting persona. Hopkins would not make any loot and the reward isn't worth the trouble. Dawson does not trash talk, and Hopkins would basically be talking to himself like a raving lunatic.
But as of now, Hopkins is in that exclusive club among the Boxing elite. I wish him the best to the age of 50.
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