Bernard Hopkins becomes the oldest fighter to win a major world championship Saturday night by taking the WBC light heavyweight title from Jean Pascal at the age of 46. Hopkins was actually 46 years, 4 months and 6 days old when he won the fight. This is a great accomplishment for the long-time-great-boxer, Hopkins.
Bernard Hopkins wants to continue boxing until he is fifty years old. He knows that he is slowing down, but he wants to continue to fight anyway. “When you’re 46, you get hit with shots you weren’t hit with earlier in your career. But I can take a good shot when it’s needed.” (MiamiHerald.com a quote from Hopkins)
Hopkins admits that he is getting hit with shots he did not get hit with when he was a younger and stronger fighter. Boxing is a brutal sport and boxers can get hurt or killed in the ring if they take too much punishment. It is sad when a professional fighter wants to fight for four more years when he knows he is going to get hit with good shots. What will these good shots do to him physically? Will it take years off of Bernard Hopkins life?”
“In late 2010, Hopkins suggested that African American fighters who possessed what he described as a slick” inner-city style of fighting would be successful against Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. “Maybe I’m biased because I’m black, but I think that this is what is said at people’s homes and around the dinner table among black boxing fans and fighters. Most of them won’t say it [in public] because they’re not being real and they don’t have the balls to say it. But I do think that a fighter like the Ray Leonard’s or anyone like that would beat a guy [like Pacquiao] if they come with their game. Listen, this ain’t a racial thing, but then again, maybe it is. But the style that is embedded in most of us black fighters, that style could be a problem to any other style of fighting.” (Bernard Hopkins quote on Wiki)
Bernard Hopkins may be the best 46-year-old-fighter ever. He is 52-5-2 during his illustrious career. Saturday night, Hopkins beat a good 28-year-old-fighter in Jean Pascal. Maybe now is a good time for Bernard Hopkins to retire when he is on top, not when he is lying on the mat looking up and wondering where he is, who he is. Hopkins has never been knocked out in his career, why take a chance against time because time always wins in the end. This includes African-American fighters who possess slick “inner ‘”city” style of fighting”, this includes Bernard Hopkins.
Tampa Bay Times