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December 31, 2008
If 46-year-old lefthander Jamie Moyer can win 16 games for the World Series champion Phillies, maybe it shouldn't seem so amazing that Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, who turns 44 on Jan. 15, is still widely regarded as one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. Hopkins, who has survived 20 years in the most brutal of sports without being seriously injured or cut, has never been knocked out. But a lot of so-called "experts" thought 26-year-old, undefeated middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik would become the first man to do so when he and B-Hop squared off on Oct. 18 in Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.
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April 11, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
BERNARD HOPKINS will defend his light-heavyweight title in the summer against Karo Murat, of Germany. Hopkins tweeted the news on Wednesday. The bout, which likely will be held in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, or Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., will be a mandatory defense for Hopkins and will be held in July or August. Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer confirmed the bout. "History is marching on," Schaefer told ESPN.com. "Bernard is up for the challenge.
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December 27, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
HIS STORY has been told many times over the last few years, but it is still no easier to fathom. At nearly 49 years young, Bernard Hopkins had perhaps his best calendar year to date in 2013, earning him the runner-up slot in the Daily News Sportsperson of the Year voting. Hopkins had two fights in the past year, both against opponents nearly 20 years younger. On March 9, he took down Tavoris Cloud at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., to win the IBF light-heavyweight title.
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April 20, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since his most recent fight, Bernard Hopkins has celebrated his 49th birthday, which meant another year was added to the record he holds as the oldest boxer to hold a world championship belt. Of course, when one making his living in the ring reaches that age, he doesn't know how many more times he will be able to go through the ropes for battle. For Hopkins, the charismatic Philadelphian, the next time is Saturday night at the D.C. Armory in Washington against Beibut Shumenov.
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October 20, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
The WBC has returned the light-heavyweight championship to Bernard Hopkins after declaring his bout with Chad Dawson a technical draw. Hopkins was stopped for the first time in his career Saturday night in bizarre fashion when Dawson lifted him and tossed him to the canvas late in the second round, leaving the 46-year-old champion with a dislocated joint in his left shoulder. Dawson claimed the WBC light heavyweight title from Hopkins on a second-round TKO in Los Angeles. The WBC reviewed video of the fight and unanimously declared Thursday that the action reflects a clear intentional lifting of the body followed with a push by Dawson to Hopkins that made him fall on his left side with part of his body out of the ropes.
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May 21, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins has won the 2013 John Wanamaker Athletic Award. The Philadelphia native will receive the award June 20 in a ceremony at the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. In 2011, Hopkins broke George Foreman's record as the oldest fighter in history to win a title when he defeated Jean Pascal for the WBC and Ring Magazine light-heavyweight crowns at age 46. On March 9, Hopkins easily decisioned Tavoris Cloud to capture the IBF title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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May 19, 2011 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
MONTREAL - In what is tantamount to someone coming forward with information about where Jimmy Hoffa's body is located, seemingly ageless boxing champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins made a startling admission to the Daily News recently: He cheats. With cheesecake. The man who brags - truthfully, he insists - that he hasn't consumed a doughnut or a slice of pizza in 20 years sheepishly confirmed that his iron will and legendary discipline bend just enough for him to occasionally indulge his only guilty pleasure.
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March 18, 2016 | By Bernard Fernandez, CORRESPONDENT
(The reference to Eugene "Cyclone" Hart has been clarified in the antepenultimate paragraph.) IT IS BOXING'S version of the designer label, and every fighter who has ever passed through Pennsylvania's largest city, long- or short-term, wears it with pride. That was true in the past and, to hear some tell it, the song remains the same today. If a fighter is born in Philadelphia and moves away, he forever remains a Philadelphia fighter. If a fighter is born somewhere else and moves to Philly to ply his trade, he immediately becomes a Philadelphia fighter.
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June 7, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia boxer Bernard Hopkins said that his next fight - most likely in October - win, lose or draw will be his finale. "It will be my last fight," Hopkins, a 50-year-old surefire Hall of Famer, said Friday. "I'm doing it on my terms because I want to go out on my own terms. And I'm not asking for that right; I'm exercising that right. " Hopkins, the only fighter in history to hold all four sanctioned middleweight belts and to have defended them a record 20 times, had more to say. Hopkins sounded like Charles Barkley when the 76ers star said on the radio in 1991 that "Philadelphia is a racist city.
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June 5, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard Hopkins' next fight - and possibly his last - could be on the horizon. Whether the fight is made - and whether it is the swan song for the 50-year-old fighter - is up in the air. Hopkins, according to the Philadelphia Daily News, is angling for a fight against 168-pound IBF super-middleweight champion James DeGale. "I'm interested in beating up a guy - the same guy that beat up Dirrell," Hopkins said. Last month, DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) scored a unanimous, 12-round decision over Andre Dirrell for the vacant belt in Boston.
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June 4, 2015 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, For the Daily News
IF ALL GOES according to plan, Philadelphia's ageless wonder, Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins, will end his 27-year career as a professional boxer by challenging IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale, in a bout that probably will be fought in October in London, and be televised by HBO. In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, Hopkins said: "I'm interested in beating a guy up - the same guy that beat up [Andre] Dirrell. " DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) claimed the vacant IBF 168-pound title by scoring a unanimous, 12-round decision over Dirrell on May 23 in Boston.
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January 22, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
TWO UP, two down. Eric Hunter passed his second test in the featherweight division since being inked by Bernard Hopkins and Golden Boy Promotions in October before fighting on the Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev undercard in November in Atlantic City. But last night's 10-round fight against Nicaraguan fighter Rene Alvarado at 2300 Arena wasn't as easy as the hometown scorecards made it seem. The unanimous decision - 98-92 and 97-93 (twice) - didn't tell the whole story. Hunter (20-3, 10 KOs)
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January 21, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
BERNARD HOPKINS has a vision for Eric Hunter. And the 50-year-old promoter and fighter wants to make sure Hunter's ability gets shown to the world. It's why Hopkins and the folks at Golden Boy Promotions signed the current USBA featherweight champion to their stable of fighters in October. They believe in his ability and Hunter believes in his own ability; he's just been waiting for a chance to display it. The 28-year-old West Philly native will get a chance to show that talent in his hometown and in front of a national television audience at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia tonight, when he takes on Rene Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs)
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January 16, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
BERNARD HOPKINS could spend his 50th birthday today on Miami Beach, where he has a condo. He could spend it in the Philadelphia area enjoying a celebratory night out. Instead, he'll spend today, and the rest of the weekend, in Las Vegas, with his Golden Boy Promotions partners, watching their heavyweight, Alabama knockout king Deontay Wilder, attempt to become America's next heavyweight titleholder. All business, all the time. After all, that's what's gotten Hopkins to this point in his crazy, improbable career.
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November 13, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
GEORGE FOREMAN fought until he was 48 years, called it quits after he couldn't get off more than a handful of punches against a fighter named Shannon Briggs. But he took a decade off from the fight game from age 28 to 38, and when the total number of rounds was calculated for his career, it stood at 349. Today George Foreman is 65 years old, in good health, and still makes a ton of dough as a corporate pitchman. "I never fell in love with exercise, but you have to do it for the rest of your life," he said in the AARP bulletin last month.
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November 12, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is going to be an event, a celebration of everything he has accomplished. Bernard Hopkins said he has planned his farewell to boxing. And thinking about it makes the 49-year-old teary-eyed. Hopkins said his career is worth too much to simply retire in a quick postfight interview. His retirement is not an announcement, it is a statement, Hopkins said. He wants to retire with a farewell bout, one billed as his final fight: win, lose, or draw. "It isn't going to be a cheap, cheesy one. 'I'm done, I'm going, had a great time, bye ya'll,' " said Hopkins, who will turn 50 in January.
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