March 8, 2013 |
IT'S NOT HARD to figure out what IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud is thinking going into his title defense against Bernard Hopkins on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's likely the same thing guys such as Chad Dawson, Jean Pascal, Kelly Pavlik, Joe Calzaghe and Jermain Taylor thought before they stepped into the ring with Hopkins: Put "The Executioner" down. Grow your brand and reputation by being the fighter who finally sent the ageless wonder into retirement.
January 17, 2012
IT APPARENTLY is easier to defeat Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins in the ring than in a courtroom. Hopkins, the WBC light-heavyweight champion from North Philadelphia who turned 47 on Sunday, ran his record to 4-0 in lawsuits filed against him while represented by attorney Arnold Joseph when a jury ruled in his favor Thursday in a breach-of-contract action brought by the estate of Hopkins' former trainer, Bouie Fisher ...
May 17, 2011
Daily News boxing writer Bernard Fernandez counts down what he considers to be the top five performances by 46-year-old Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, who bids to become the oldest holder of a widely recognized world championship when he challenges WBC light-heavyweight titlist Jean Pascal on Saturday night in Montreal. Here is his account of No. 4, Hopkins' unanimous decision over Kelly Pavlik on Oct. 18, 2008, in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. At 26, WBC/WBO middleweight champion Pavlik seemingly had every physical advantage over Hopkins.
December 19, 2010 |
QUÉBEC CITY - The Executioner has slipped Father Time once more, but Bernard Hopkins' late-innings comeback last night wasn't enough to put him in the record books. Hopkins, less than a month shy of his 46th birthday, came from behind to earn a majority draw last night against 28-year-old light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal before a sold-out crowd of more than 16,000 at the Pepsi Coliseum. Hopkins came up short in his bid to become the oldest boxer to win a world title belt, and Pascal retained it. "I had that guy beat up," Hopkins said.
April 16, 2010 |
The last time we saw middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in these parts, he was in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall being schooled for 12 rounds by the ageless tactician Bernard Hopkins, who handed Pavlik the only loss of his pro career. That was in October 2008. On Saturday, Pavlik will return to the Boardwalk Hall ring, hoping to remind the local boxing crowd how much they loved him after he got up off the canvas there to knock out Jermain Taylor in 2007. Pavlik will defend his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization middleweight (160-pound)
August 6, 2008 |
Kelly Pavlik looked confused as he came to the podium in the back room of Chickie's and Pete's restaurant. After his promoter, Todd Duboef, introduced him, the 6-foot-2 Pavlik bent over to speak into the microphone, but couldn't be heard. Former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, sitting to Pavlik's left, got up from his chair and adjusted the microphone to Pavlik's height. "This is the only time I'm going to help you," Hopkins said, as the audience laughed. The gesture was simple, but certainly symbolic.
July 5, 2008 |
Unbeaten Joe Calzaghe has relinquished his WBC super-middleweight title to set up a potential fight against Roy Jones Jr. for the light-heavyweight belt. Calzaghe, 36, who went up to light heavyweight to defeat Bernard Hopkins in April, hopes to fight Jones Jr. in September. The British Boxing Board of Control confirmed Calzaghe's decision yesterday. If he had kept the super-middleweight title, the Welshman would have been obligated to defend it against British fighter Carl Froch.
April 21, 2008 |
His fighter was not bruised or bloodied, but Freddie Roach knew what so many others at the Thomas and Mack Center did late Saturday night - at age 43, Bernard Hopkins should hang it up. He has had a stellar career, but eventually not even one of the greatest boxers of his generation can beat Father Time. On Saturday, the Philadelphia native lost his light-heavyweight title in a split decision to 36-year-old southpaw Joe Calzaghe of Newbridge, Wales. Hopkins vehemently disagreed with the decision.
April 18, 2008 |
This is it. No more. For real this time. Probably. It should be. It could be. It might not. He'll see. Try as he might, Bernard Hopkins can't decide. That nagging number attached to his name, 43, means he is of the age that he should retire from boxing. He has his health, his wits, his looks, and his life. But he is here, in an unassuming second-floor gym on a quiet, tree-lined street in Old Town Pasadena, dripping sweat and dodging a double-end bag because it was easier to say no to his beloved Nettie and his little princess, Patrice, and even his mother, God rest her soul, than it was to say no to boxing.
February 20, 2008 |
As Amtrak train No. 2154 sped north yesterday morning and rays of sunlight flickered into the first-class cabin, Bernard Hopkins stretched out and slept in his seat. The hood of his black sweatshirt cinched tightly around his face and a newspaper spread across the table in front of him, Hopkins was the picture of peace, a man catching a quick snooze before work. Only after arriving in New York and cutting a swath through the morning rush at Penn Station did Hopkins turn into the Executioner.