November 8, 2014 |
Bernard Hopkins dug into the pocket of his sweatshirt, grabbed a small, alien trinket, and placed it on the table. The news conference to promote the light-heavyweight title fight Saturday against Sergey Kovalev was in full swing. But Hopkins did not seem interested enough to listen. The 49-year-old fighter reached in again and lined up three more aliens. He offered the aliens a sip of his water. He told the toys to stop making so much noise. His trainer, Naazim Richardson, told Hopkins to behave.
April 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Bernard Hopkins continues on his relentless march, adding more to his place in boxing history. The 49-year-old Philadelphia native added another several blocks on his career legacy Saturday night by giving Beibut Shumenov a boxing lesson and winning a 12-round split decision to unify three light-heavyweight title belts. The announcement of a split decision sent gasps through the crowd. Judge Gustavo Padilla of Panama had Shumenov in front, 114-113. But two judges, Dave Moretti of Las Vegas and Jerry Roth of Las Vegas, each had it 116-111 for Hopkins.
April 20, 2014 |
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.
December 27, 2013 |
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.
October 27, 2013 |
The black speed bag was still rattling from Bernard Hopkins' punches when the boxer stepped back and took a glimpse around the gym. Look at the banners, Hopkins said, pointing to the walls of Joe Hand Gym in Northern Liberties. Gypsy Joe Harris. George Benton. Bob Montgomery. Howard Johnson. Legends of Philadelphia's boxing past emblazoned in 6-foot-tall, black-and-white photographs. "This is what I represent," said the 48-year-old Hopkins. "I'm just of the new world with an old soul.
October 25, 2013 |
IT'S NOT AS IF Bernard Hopkins needs any additional psychological advantages. In his quarter-century of boxing, the legendary Philadelphia champion has mastered the art of pushing just the right buttons to throw his opponent off edge. Hopkins can be irritating, and if he can talk his way into getting you angry enough to stray from your game plan, he will. He understands the intricacies of the mental warfare that has always been a part of boxing. Now, Mother Nature and Father Time have conspired to give Hopkins the ultimate psychological weapon in the most macho of sports: his advancing age. That's right, old age. For the past decade, experts have said Hopkins, who turns 49 in January, was too old to keep beating fighters who were 10 to 20 years his junior.
October 25, 2013 |
SOME YEARS ago, Bobby Czyz - maybe the only boxer ever to have been a Mensa member - was telling a reporter about how he had benefited professionally from his oratorical skills and extensive vocabulary. "I may have lost fights," Czyz bragged, "but I've never lost a press conference. " "That's because you never went head-to-head with Bernard Hopkins at one of those things," the reporter responded. Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KOs) - the North Philly native who defends his IBF light-heavyweight title against Germany's Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs)
August 9, 2013 |
THE "EXECUTIONER" is retired . . . long live the "Alien"? Frankly, you can't be quite sure what you are going to get with IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins. Way back in 1993, Hopkins, who back then was going by B.J. Hopkins, decided he needed a hook, a colorful nickname to go with the showman side of boxing. The "Executioner" was born, and over the next 20 years, Hopkins and the hooded mask he wore became one of the most memorable ring entrances in boxing. But now, after 2 decades, Hopkins has retired his mask.
July 19, 2013 |
AFTER A longer-than-expected wait, Bernard Hopkins officially has a fight lined up. He will take on mandatory challenger Karo Murat on Oct. 19 in Atlantic City. Hopkins was set to take on Murat at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on July 13, but Murat could not obtain a visa from U.S. Homeland Security. The IBF then ordered Hopkins to fight Sergey Kovalev, who was named the new mandatory challenger. That fight never happened, however, because Murat finally obtained his visa and the IBF gave Hopkins and Murat 90 days to pick a new date for a fight.
June 21, 2013 |
BERNARD HOPKINS walked into the Wanamaker building across from City Hall and had flashbacks of his younger days. He said he used to buy jeans in the building when it was a department store. He was in the city for a much more important reason than clothes yesterday afternoon. He was there to receive the John Wanamaker Athletic Award, presented by the Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It's respect," Hopkins said. "It's very respectful of what I have done.