March 18, 2016 |
(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.
June 7, 2015 |
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.
June 5, 2015 |
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.
June 4, 2015 |
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.
January 22, 2015 |
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)
January 21, 2015 |
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)
January 16, 2015 |
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.
November 13, 2014 |
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.
November 12, 2014 |
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.