Hello Boxing: Bernard Hopkins Wins IBF Title at 48! [Video]
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“It was great to break (in) the Barclays Center with a (legendary) performance,” Hopkins said.
“It feels good. It feels real good,” Hopkins said. “I’m going to Junior’s (Restaurant and) I’m going to have cheesecake.”
“I have to throw a lot of substance (into fights). I’m fighting old school in a new world. (I) have to learn to adapt to what (the judges) are looking for,” Hopkins said. “We knew a 30-year-old guy was not going to run from a 48-year-old guy.”
“I’m motivated to do it,” Hopkins said. “I don’t believe anybody in the 175(-pound) weight class and possibly the 168(-pound) class can beat me.” – foxsports
“This feels great. It does feel incredible. I was ready and prepared tonight,” he said. “I found my heart and soul in that ring. I have never taken a shortcut or compromised my integrity in the sport.” – espn
Hello Brooklyn Boxing! The ageless warrior, The Executioner, 48-year old Bernard Hopkins delivered; unanimously winning the IBF light heavyweight belt over 31-year old Tavoris Cloud on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn! Hopkins broke his own record (in May 2011 at 46 years old he beat Jean Pascal), and became the oldest fighter to get a title belt in boxing! Hopkins started out a little slow, but quickly enuff he hit Cloud with a straight left that cut his left eye! The ref, who looked like he wanted to jump in the fight himself and was over-reffing, said it was caused by an accidental headbutt?! Clearly on the tape, and if your watching the fight it looked like Cloud got hit a glancing punch! Anyway, the fight continued, and Hopkins continued to counter every blow Cloud was throwing at him! Hopkins slowed down the pace, and landed at a much higher clip than Cloud! Hopkins later opened up a cut over Cloud’s right eye, and this time the ref kept his mouth shut! The judges scored the fight: 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. ESPN.com also had it for Hopkins 116-112. Hopkins bettered his record to (53-6-2, 32 KOs), while Cloud received the first loss (24-1, 19 KOs) if his career! Cloud was in disbelief! Hopkins shot-outs Brooklyn and Philly in the post-fight interview (video below)! Check out the entire main event above! Read more below…
“I want to mention two guys who I grew up in the same [figurative] house with in the ’90s, Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney,” Hopkins said. “I was always the third child in that house and now I can finally put the lights on.” – espn
Bernard Hopkins ‘The Executioner’ was raised in Philly, already inducted into the HOF, and still continuing to fight in an unheard of 25-year career in boxing! He was spun in an era where boxers had 40 (professional) fights before they were 30, and the middleweight-light heavyweight division was almost non-existent! The 1980’s and 90’s were highlighted by the heavyweights: Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and featherweights like Sugar Ray Leonard and Julio Cesar Chavez! He along with Roy Jones Jr. and James ‘Lights out’ Toney helped pave the way, bridge the gap to the middleweight-light heavyweight division!
Hopkins Post-Fight Interview:
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