Hopkins eager to return to nation's capital

Posted: March 09, 2014

AT 49 YEARS OLD, Bernard Hopkins has nothing left to prove as a fighter. He is the oldest fighter to hold a championship belt in the history of the sport. If that were not enough for him, he will try to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles when he fights WBA world champion Beibut Shumenov on April 19 at the D.C. Armory in Washington.

This will be the third time Hopkins has fought in the nation's capital. His first fight there was on May 22, 1993, when he lost a unanimous decision to Roy Jones Jr. at RFK Stadium. A little less than 6 years later, he returned to D.C. to take on Robert Allen at the Convention Center. He had better luck then, winning in a seventh-round technical knockout.

"The Alien" has his lofty goal in sight, and is excited to return to a city where he has had some success in the past.

"It's no secret that my one of my biggest goals has been to unify the titles, and getting to do that in a city where I have a lot of history is the best-case scenario," Hopkins said in a news release.

Washington was chosen by both Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions to host the fight. The two entities are excited to see boxing come back to the area.

"D.C. is a great fight town, and hosting a fight of this caliber will certainly add to the rich history of professional boxing in the nation's capital," Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC's Sports and Entertainment Division, said in the release. "It's great to see the D.C. Armory come alive again with big-time boxing, and we look forward to continuing this tradition."

Jones, whom Hopkins defeated in 2010, was the last light heavyweight to hold both belts at the same time. Hopkins knows exactly what is at stake, and knows what he has to do to break another record.

"I'm coming back to break another record by unifying the title, and I'm looking to get my first knockout since I fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2004," Hopkins said. "I know Shumenov is tough, but I'm tougher, and I'm not going to let him make a name for himself by being the one to stop me."

Shumenov is coming off a technical knockout win over Tamas Kovacs in San Antonio. The fight lasted only three rounds, with Kovacs getting knocked down in all three rounds. Shumenov is 14-1-0 as a professional, with nine of his wins coming via knockout.

The fight will air live on Showtime, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. Ticket pricess start at $25, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

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