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Prizefighter Tribute: Bernard Hopkins

Updated on July 4, 2017

Bernard" The Executioner" Hopkins

The Oldest Boxing Champion ever, Bernard Hopkins won the light heavyweight crown at 47 years of age by defeating Tavoris Cloud.
The Oldest Boxing Champion ever, Bernard Hopkins won the light heavyweight crown at 47 years of age by defeating Tavoris Cloud. | Source
2 time Light Heavyweight Champion, The Executioner also won the middleweight championship and defended it a record 20 times.
2 time Light Heavyweight Champion, The Executioner also won the middleweight championship and defended it a record 20 times. | Source
Former Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins has beaten many great fighters including: Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Winky Wright and Antonio Tarver.
Former Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins has beaten many great fighters including: Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Winky Wright and Antonio Tarver. | Source
Bernard Hopkins sticks the jab in the face of Tavoris Cloud en route to a decision win and the light heavyweight crown for the third time.
Bernard Hopkins sticks the jab in the face of Tavoris Cloud en route to a decision win and the light heavyweight crown for the third time. | Source

Top 5 B-Hop Victories

These are my top picks for B-Hops best victories. However, The Executioner has beaten so many good champions and contenders that I could in fact list twenty great boxers that he has beaten with his great skills and boxing I.Q.

1. Bernard Hopkins T.K.O. in 12 Felix Trinidad: Hopkins was picked to lose but, fighting in New York just a week after the horrific 9/11 twin towers crashes Hopkins beat the undefeated Trinidad into a 12th round technical knockout. B Hop dominated nearly every round with stiff jabs, lead rights and great footwork. Trinidad looked slow and flat footed and could never catch Hopkins flush for the majority of the bout.

2. Bernard Hopkins K.O. 9 Oscar De La Hoya: Hopkins was winning a close fight when he ended matters in the ninth round with a left hook to the body. It's the first and only time The Golden Boy was ever knocked out for the ten count. Hopkins landed the hardest punches throughout the fight most notably the lead right hand and his stiff left jab.

3. Bernard Hopkins won in 12 Antonio Tarver: Hopkins, a career middleweight, moves up in weight and dominates Antonio Tarver for the 175 pound crown. Hopkins won every single round with ease even though he was the underdog. Hopkins was nearly flawless during this fight. He dominated this fight from start to finish by winning every minute of every round.

4. Bernard Hopkins won in 12 Kelly Pavlik: Hopkins was the underdog to the undefeated middleweight king but beat him down and gave him a boxing lesson at the same time. Hopkins won at least 10 or 11 of the 12 round fight using feints, lead rights and brilliant foot movement. In the 12th and final round, Bernard Hopkins had Kelly Pavlik against the ropes and hurt. Pavlik survived the round and the fight.

5. Bernard Hopkins won in 12 Jean Pascal: The Executioner beat Jean Pascal in his hometown of Canada to become the oldest champion in boxing history. Pascal was game but Hopkins was not to be denied. At one point Hopkins did push ups in between rounds.

Modern Day Miracle

Bernard Hopkins is a modern day marvel and an inspiration to millions and even to me. He went to prison for several years for armed robbery but, quickly reformed to embark on a legendary career that includes a record of twenty defenses of the one hundred sixty pound championship and also, he is a two time, one hundred seventy five Champion.

The second time he won the Light Heavyweight Title he was forty six and that too is a boxing record. Hopkins was at his deadly best when he was an underdog which oddly was often. He tortured Felix Trinidad, Kelly Pavlic, Jean Pascal, and Antonio Tarver as an underdog, it seems to motivate him more. He lost his first pro fight and then he lost his twentieth bout to the great Roy Jones, which he later avenged.

But, for over twenty years Bernard Hopkins has rarely lost a bout and even the few he has were very close such as his decision loss to Joe Calzaghe. Hopkins was great at setting traps inside the ring for his opponents and even better at getting inside their head at pre-fight press conferences and of course, the weigh in. Bernard Hopkins has been involved in skirmishes before his boxing matches with Felix Trinidad, Winky Wright and Jean Pascal just to name a few. He is old school to say the very least.

Bernard Hopkins vs. Felix Trinidad

Bernard Hopkins knocked out the undefeated Felix Trinidad to unify the middleweight championship of the world.  He landed a counter right in the 12th round to end matters.
Bernard Hopkins knocked out the undefeated Felix Trinidad to unify the middleweight championship of the world. He landed a counter right in the 12th round to end matters. | Source

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Final Thoughts on The Executioner

Bernard Hopkins is a true old school fighter who accomplished more than most boxers ever will. His determination, conditioning, heart, chin and counter punching are outstanding and his defense is hard to penetrate. He defended the Middleweight Crown twenty times, which is a record.

Bernard also won the Light Heavyweight Title twice. This was the second time for him to become the oldest Champion in boxing history. Bernard Hopkins beat them all including: Roy Jones, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Kelly Pavlic, Antonio Tarver, Jean Pascal and Antwone Echols.

This boxer has defied the odds many times and continues to do so. Even his losses were very close and a few were disputed. He is like fine wine and gets better with age. He lives right and does not smoke, drink or do any drugs and he eats healthy foods. This probably contributes to his longevity. There are not many boxers in history who possess the dedication of a work horse like Hopkins who always trains with a big chip on his shoulder. This hard work has gotten him where he is today and of course, he always showed major heart and determination.

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B-Hop's Top Accomplishments

20 Middleweight Title Defenses
Unified All 4 Titles at Middleweight
Three Time Light Heavyweight Champion
Oldest Boxer to Defend a Title
Oldest Champion in Boxing History
Wins over 15 Former or current Champions
 
 
 
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