THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BOXING
ACCORDING TO BERNARD HOPKINS
The boxing record of Bernard Hopkins stands as 55 wins, 32 KO’s, 8 loses and two draws. At 48 years-of-age he held the world record as the oldest world champion at any weight division - a remarkable feat that beats both George Foreman and Archie Moore.
Hopkins extraordinary boxing record is likely to remain unchallenged for the foreseeable future.
As an unpredictable “orthodox” boxer Hopkins victories included impressive wins over Oscar De La Hoya (2204), Roy Jones Junior (2010) and Chad Dawson (2011). It was at the Forum in Inglewood, California, during the eighth round of his 65th and last fight - just one month short of his 52nd birthday – that Hopkins concluded his illustrious career after getting knocked out of the ring by a 24 years old young gun Joe Smith.
It wasn’t the finale that the boxing world expected, but this inglorious last fight anomaly takes none of the shine away from Hopkins enduring career that spanned three decades.
Hopkins was a shrewdly intelligent fighter.
Known as The Executioner and The Alien he was a boxing sniper and tough survivor who orchestrated a master plan – a quintessence winning formula – for the sweet science.
Hopkins adopted a philosophical approach to boxing in which he was the Ring General in weight divisions that boasted the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson, Marvin Hagler and Jake La Motta.
Hopkins was constantly in firing line for world championship and had over 20 title defences.
In the 90s Hopkins beat John David Jackson, Glen Johnson, Simon Brown and Antwun Echols but lost to Roy Jones Jr. and, in the 2000’s he beat Keith Holmes, an unbeaten Felix Trinidad, out boxed the great warrior Oscar De La Hoya, and was too good for the precision puncher Winky Wright.
How Hopkins lasted for so long at boxing’s coal face furnace is no more amazing than his remarkable life that included a term in the school of hard knocks that turned his early adversity into a lifetime triumph.
Hopkins was one of the boxing legends that attended the WBC convention held in Baku, Azerbaijan where he openly – and proudly - told his life story that began with being born into a poor