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Bernard Hopkins wants one more title fight

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Jan
Photo by Ed Mulholland

Photo by Ed Mulholland

 

Bernard Hopkins wants to participate in “one fight” at the age of 50, albeit “a championship fight,” the future Hall-of-Famer said during a recent interview with ESPN.com.

Hopkins was last in the ring for November’s unanimous decision loss to undefeated light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev, who added Hopkins’ IBF and WBA titles to the WBO belt he already owned.

“I want to fight one fight at 50 but I want it to be a meaningful fight. I’d rather it be a championship fight and I’d like it to be done in a timely fashion, hopefully before June. We have to see what makes sense and what don’t,” said Hopkins, THE RING’s No. 2-rated 175-pounder behind No. 1-ranked Kovalev and RING champion Adonis Stevenson. “But for right now, I am not retired. In 2015, I’m looking to do something at 50 to make history and to keep proving that age is nothing but a number. But whatever happens, I’m comfortable with it.”

Hopkins will be wearing his promoter’s hat on Jan. 20 when a “Golden Boy Live!” show headlined by junior lightweight Eric Hunter (19-3, 10 knockouts) and Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs) takes place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, the hometown of both Hopkins and Hunter.

“I believe in investing in this sport and that means stepping up to the plate as an athlete and as a promoter,” said Hopkins in a release. “I have an opportunity and a responsibility to the fighters and the fans to make this sport the best it can be.”

Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) won the IBF’s vacant middleweight title in April 1995 with a seventh round stoppage of Segundo Mercado, who had floored Hopkins in the fifth and seventh rounds of their draw in December 1994. From there, Hopkins set the middleweight title defense record by retaining his IBF belt 20 times en route to unifying all the major 160-pound belts during the course of his historic 10-year, two-month and 17-day reign.

Hopkins was known as “The Executioner” before twice becoming the oldest man to win a major belt in boxing and later changing his nickname to “The Alien.”

“You guys are all humans,” said Hopkins in a release. “I understand you but you don’t understand me.”

Last April, Hopkins scored a unanimous decision over Beibut Shumenov, becoming the oldest man to unify titles by adding Shumenov’s WBA 175-pound belt to his IBF title.

In October 2013, Hopkins unanimously decisioned Karo Murat in defense of the IBF belt he won by unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Tavoris Cloud in March of that year to extend his own record as the oldest man to win a significant crown.

Hopkins first set the record at the age of 46 by outpointing Jean Pascal for the WBC and RING titles in May 2011 before being dethroned in a majority decision loss to Chad Dawson in April 2012.

“No one can deny the legacy that I’ve created in this sport. I am really proud of what I did, who I fought, how I matured along the way,” said Hopkins. “I feel really good about something no one can take away or deny my place in the sports’ history.

“I come from an old school of boxing where you fight the best out there and prove yourself,” said Hopkins. “I want to be an example for the young fighters coming up that in order to be successful in the sport, you have to protect yourself at all times. That means in and out of the ring. I’ve been able to do that as I am still fighting while also celebrating my 50th birthday. This is my testament to success.”

 

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