November 12th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez

Boxing Icon Bernard Hopkins

Boxing Icon Bernard Hopkins


San Francisco, CA- Although I was one of the voters in the recent poll that called for IBF 175 lb. champion Bernard Hopkins to retire, let me state my case and then explain my about face on the subject. Bernard Hopkins has been in boxing since the the President of the United States was Ronald Reagan seeing Hopkins’ pro dubut, a four round Majority Decision loss occurred on October 11, 1988 to fellow debutante Clinton Mitchell.


My argument that Bernard Hopkins has been “stealing the play” away from younger and more “deserving” fighters. That slick matchmaking in my mind and less than stellar, yet supposedly world class opposition, I thought Hopkins was doing boxing an disservice by sticking around. And let’s be honest, Bernard Hopkins has not been in “epic” battles that fight fans will clamor for in 100 years.


Now 48, Hopkins won hist first world title in 1995, this after looking lackluster vs Roy Jones Jr. in 1993. 18 years ago, Bernard’s foray into the upper echelon of boxing began with a Draw 12 before a rematch and win the second time around with a pedestrian fighter from Ecquador Segundo Mercado. Currently, Bernard is 54-6-2 (32 KOs) and has captured professional gold at 160 & 175 lbs. His loss to Joe Calzaghe at 175, Hopkins put Joe down in the opening round and then went into a shell before dropping a Decision 12 to the UK fighter.


Hopkins is proving that subtitle to be incorrect. He has beaten guys who he should not be able to get over on, I mean the then undefeated (22-0, 19 KOs) Tavoris Cloud was a stellar amateur before first being exposed in February 2012 by Gabriel Campillo (22-6-1, 9 KOs). Now (22-2, 19 KOs, Cloud was dethroned by Hopkins in March of this year. In his next fight, Cloud was stopped by Adonis Stevenson in September.

Never See One of These Following A Hearse

Never Seen One of These Following A Hearse


While this is said to be Bernard’s “get around town” car (pictured), no matter how much money he accumulates, you can’t take it with you. Hopkins could not spend the money he has if he were to live to 300. Not only has he made a lot of money, he’s frugal in the minds of some to a fault.


With WBO light heavyweight monster Sergey Kovalav (22-0-1, 20 KOs) looking unbeatable (for the moment) and WBC guy Adonis Stevens (22-1, 19 KOs) also appearing to be a notch better than Bernard, these fights are on the horizon if Bernard decideS to go out fighting the best IN 2014. His recent 12 round drubbing over Karo Murat (25-1, 15 KOs) showed that at the age of 48, Bernard Hopkins is “special.” That being said, he could get hurt stepping in with anybody, but Kovalav hits so hard the people in the cheap seats can hear the impact. Stevenson is just too fluid and too hits hard, that’s the only reason I implore him to retire now to avoid Sergey and Adonis.


But as far as railing for Bernard to retire, I’m going to instead continue to wish him the best of luck for even if you don’t like him personally, I do, you have to admire his ability to compete at the age of 48. If he can continue to beat guys that are ranked and not rank, Keep On Truckin’ Bernard baby. Just remember my friend, if you push the envelope too many times, it’ll eventually get dropped!.

Pedro Fernandez


  1. Pedro,

    At one time I would agree with you on this topic but after so many dreadfully boring fights Hopkins finally gave a decent effort to excite the paying public with this last fight. Although it’s clear that if the man in the opposite corner would have been a Stevenson or a Kovalav i’m certain that he would put me to sleep with a clinchfest and only be there to survive collect a big payday and then cry robbery. Now he’s talking about a fight with Floyd which would be about the biggest farce ever talk about a snooze fest. Time for this man to talk a long walk on a short pier. Addition by subtraction is the best formula here. 

    Pedro, just wondering here but I remember the Hagler Duran fight being on a Thursday night and later Hagler Hearns on a Monday night. Just been so long ago and with all past big fights like these the logical choice to have had them would be a Saturday night, I would think. Can you or anyone give me any info about this history….

    Alex on November 14th, 2013 at 11:22 AM
  2. I think they were both Saturday’s. They did ABC replays after big fights then.

    Pedro Fernandez on November 14th, 2013 at 9:06 PM
  3. The only people that I saw beating Hopkins convincingly were Roy Jones and Joe Calzaghe. Against both of them, Bernard looked confused specially in the second part of the fight. Jones and Calzaghe were very fast.

    Ivan on November 14th, 2013 at 10:14 PM
  4. Bernard has problems with speed.roy edged him, but Bernard came on at the end of the bout. Against Calzaghe Bernard landed the much cleaner blows, but Joes clearly threw and landed more down the stretch. I don’t think Joe clearly won that one.

    Kevin Perry on November 15th, 2013 at 8:37 AM
  5. Great article Pedro… Hopkins continues to impress….he needs to really be careful who he fights at this stage of his career…kovalev and Stevenson seem to be the type of fighters that would trouble Hopkins…but man, considering his age and how he performs against these youngsters..the man knows his might just be he landed here on a spacecraft…hehe

    1200 Techs on November 15th, 2013 at 11:30 AM
  6. Pete ur wrong. After so many years of watching fights I’ve notice what makes the greats great? They make the least amount of mistakes. Hit and not be hit. Technique always wins against brawn. And Bhop has forgotten more about boxing than Adonis and Drago. I’d favor him in both fights. It’s crazy at his age he still has good speed and reflexes?? Stamina plenty? A marvel he is. The only type of fighters beating him now are like a chad or ward. Guys that know how to fight. Adonis is too slow and so is drago. Also fact check. The SUPER JOE Calzage fight was at 175 not 68

    Roberto Rios back!!!!! on November 16th, 2013 at 8:01 AM

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