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January 9, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Bernard Hopkins will challenge Tavoris Cloud for the International Boxing Federation light-heavyweight title on March 9 at the Barclays Center in New York. Hopkins will turn 48 on Jan. 15. The native Philadelphian last fought April 28, when he lost a 12-round majority decision to Chad Dawson in Atlantic City. His record is 52-6-2 with 32 knockouts. Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) is a 30-year-old from Tallahassee, Fla. He won the IBF crown with a decision over Clinton Woods in August 2009.
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June 21, 2011
Name: Yusaf Mack Age: 31 Birthplace: Philadelphia Height: 6-1 Record: 29-3-2 (17 knockouts) Years pro: 11 Titles held: NABF light heavyweight title (2009), NABA light heavyweight title (2008-09), USBA super middleweight title (2004-05) Last time: March 4, beat Otis Griffin by split decision in Los Angeles in an IBF title eliminator to earn the fight against champion Tavoris Cloud. That ended more than a year of inactivity. His previous bout was the third loss of his career, a sixth-round TKO by 41-year-old Glen Johnson, giving Johnson a title bout against Cloud.
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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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March 1, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard Hopkins says that pictures of promoter Don King posted around his gym still motivate the 48-year-old fighter as he prepares to face IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud. A former world champion at two weight classes, Hopkins said 80 percent of his title defenses were against fighters promoted by King, Hopkins' longtime foil. And Cloud, Hopkins said, is King's last horse in the stable. "Whoever thought that Bernard Hopkins, out of anybody, would be the one that would shut [King]
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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.
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June 18, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
IBF LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT champion Bernard Hopkins has been ordered to begin negotiations for a bout with mandatory challenger Sergey Kovalev, according to SI.com. Hopkins, the oldest titleholder at age 48, was to have fought Karo Murat on July 13, but the challenger was unable to obtain a visa to enter the United States from Germany. In a letter from the IBF to Hopkins' management team at Golden Boy Promotions, the negotiations are to be complete by July 17 or the fight would go to a purse bid. "If we have the opportunity to fight Bernard Hopkins, we want it," Kovalev's manager Egis Klimas told SI.com.
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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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March 10, 2013 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 21, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Bernard Hopkins could have extended the fingertips of his outstretched right hand a little bit more, he might have touched the ceiling. The 48-year-old boxer was demonstrating how steep and high the hills are near Fairmount Park's Valley Green, where he runs at 6:30 each morning in preparation for his March 9 IBF light-heavyweight title bout with champion Tavoris Cloud at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. But what Hopkins could not show with a wave of his hand are the doubts he wards off each morning.
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November 8, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 21, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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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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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October 27, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 25, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
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.
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October 25, 2013 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, For the Daily News
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)
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August 9, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
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.
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July 19, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
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.
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June 21, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
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.
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