March 10, 2013 |
Bernard Hopkins waved his hands, stuck out his tongue, shook his head and smiled. The 48-year-old boxer relied on his defense and strong right hand on Saturday night along with his usual veteran tactics. But it was the strong punch that opened up a cut above IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud's left eye that put Brooklyn's Barclays Center crowd on its feet. "B-Hop, B-Hop," they chanted. And six rounds later the crowd was cheering the oldest fighter to ever win a world title as Hopkins won by unanimous decision over Cloud.
February 20, 2013 |
BERNARD HOPKINS knows he is old. He knows, still fighting at age 48, that he is an outlier, that most boxers his age would be taking a huge risk entering the ring. He knows this because it is always the first question he is asked, and it has been for almost 15 years. "I don't mind that question, I get it all the time," Hopkins said on Tuesday at a media workout at Joe Hand Boxing Gym. Hopkins is training for his HBO-televised challenge of undefeated IBF light-heavyweight champ Tavoris Cloud, scheduled for March 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. "How long they been calling me old?"
January 8, 2013
WHEN HE DROPPED a 12-round, majority decision to challenger Chad Dawson on April 28, a loss that ended his reign as the WBC light-heavyweight champion, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins considered ending his 24-year professional ring career. He turns 48 on Jan. 15. "I won't be boxing forever," said Hopkins, the oldest man ever to win a widely recognized world boxing title. "That's not going to happen. Who knows? Maybe at this time next year, I'll go fishing. " For now, it would appear, the fish are safe.
December 10, 2012 |
THERE WERE TWO absolutely perfect punches that were thrown and landed late Saturday night, or, more precisely, very early Sunday morning. The latter of those takeout blows, an overhand right from Juan Manuel Marquez that landed flush to the face of Manny Pacquiao, put the Filipino superstar down and out in the sixth round at Las Vegas' MGM Grand as a live audience of 16,348 and a global television audience in the millions reacted with shock to...
December 6, 2012 |
JUST ABOUT A year ago what many fighters would consider a golden opportunity presented itself to North Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings and his manager-trainer, Fred Jenkins. And they passed. "I got a phone call asking if we had passports and would be interested in going to Europe so Bryant could be a sparring partner for one of the Klitschkos, I can't remember which one," Jenkins was saying recently at the Athletic Recreation Center at 26th and Master, the gritty city-run facility in North Philly where Jennings, the IBF's fifth-ranked heavyweight, trains.
June 4, 2012 |
Long before Jesse Hart's Olympic dream was left in the hands of a set of boxing judges, he was just a son who wanted to follow his father. In March, the 22-year-old Hart felt cheated and robbed when he fell in the finals of the USA National Boxing Championship in Fort Carson, Colo. After the electronic score system produced a tie, a panel of five judges ruled, 3-2, that Hart had lost the middleweight bout to Cleveland's Terrell Gausha. The son of legendary Philadelphia middleweight Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, Jesse Hart steamrolled his way through amateur boxing.
April 29, 2012
West Philadelphia's Yusaf Mack used a flurry of uppercuts while mixing in a few right hooks to score a unanimous decision over Omar Sheika and capture the vacant USBA light-heavyweight title at Atlantic City's Resorts Hotel Casino on Friday. Mack dominated the later rounds, roping his opponent in as he connected with close-range head shots. In the 12th and final round, Mack avoided Sheika's body shot in the center of the ring and connected with a left hook that sent Sheika to the mat. Sheika answered the count at three and was promptly sent into the lower ropes.
April 27, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Among the many funny things Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is alleged to have said is "It's déjà vu all over again. " Maybe Yogi, that master of the malaprop, actually spoke those exact words at some point during his English-mangling baseball career. And maybe he didn't. There are those who will tell you that when boring facts conflict with colorful legend, always go with the legend. It's more interesting, easier to remember and more apt to be believed.
March 24, 2012 |
HOUSTON - Erik Morales lost his WBC super-lightweight championship without his Philadelphia challenger, Danny "Swift" Garcia, throwing even one punch. At Friday's official weigh-in, Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) was unable to make the 140-pound limit, coming in at 142. In accordance with WBC rules, the only Mexican to ever hold world titles in four separate weight classes was stripped of his super-lightweight championship. The HBO-televised bout in the Reliant Center will take place as scheduled Saturday night, and Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs)
March 23, 2012 |
HOUSTON - What potentially could be the biggest all-Philadelphia boxing event in decades is only two unclaimed world-championship belts from coming into sharper focus. The first of those belts could be cinched around Danny "Swift" Garcia's waist late Saturday night, when the WBC's No. 4-ranked contender from Juniata Park challenges WBC super-lightweight titlist Erik Morales at the Reliant Center. The scheduled 12-round main event is part of a doubleheader to be televised nationally by HBO, the lead-in of which is a 10-rounder pitting middleweights James Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs)