Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins

Date of Birth: 15th January 1965
Class: Light Heavyweight
Weight: 173??lbs
Height: 6ft 1in (185cm)
Trainer: Nazim Richardson
Career Achievements

USBA Middleweight Champion (1992 - 1994)
IBF World Middleweight Champion (1995 - 2005)
WBC World Middleweight Champion (2001 -2005)
WBA World Middleweight Champion (2001 - 2005)
Ring Magazine World Middleweight Champion (2002 - 2005)
WBO Middleweight Champion (2004 - 2005)

Ring Magazine World Light Heavyweight Champion (2006 - 2008, 2011 - 2012)
WBC World Light Heavyweight Champion (2011 - 2012)
IBF World Light-Heavyweight Champion (2013 - 2014)
WBA Super World Light-Heavyweight Champion (2014)

Hopkins: The Facts

Named 2001 Fighter of the Yearby the BWAA, The Ring, and the World Boxing Hall of Fame

Longest-ever reign as World Middleweight Champion

Most title defenses as World Middleweight Champion (20)

Oldest fighter in history to hold the World Middleweight Championship

Oldest fighter in history to hold the World Light Heavyweight Championship, surpassing Archie Moore.

Oldest World Champion in boxing history, surpassing George Foreman.

Latest BoxNation Fight

8th November 2014 - UD loss against Sergey Kovalev

Bernard Hopkins - from zero to hero

Born in Philadelphia, legendary middleweight Bernard Hopkins has enjoyed a highly successful career spanning well over 20 years.

Bernard Hopkins With Evander Holyfield

Upon his release from Graterford Prison, Hopkins decided to leave his chequered past behind and took up boxing. He lost his professional debut at light heavyweight in 1988 before recording his first win as a middleweight in 1990.

Hopkins then won his next 21 fights, winning the vacant USBA Middleweight Championship in 1992. Although he was unsuccessful in an IBF World title challenge in 1993, he did go on to win the vacated belt in 1995 against Segundo Mercado.

A reigning world champion

Bernard Hopkins defended his IBF World Championship for 20 fights and 10 years - a record that stands to this day. Hopkins added WBC and WBO Middleweight titles to his IBF crown as well as the WBA World Super Middleweight belt during a decade of middleweight domination.

Bernard Hopkins V Joe Lipsy

Hopkins lost all of his titles in 2005 against Jermain Taylor but then won the IBO Light Heavyweight Championship the following year at the age of 41. Hopkins vacated the belt until he returned in 2010 to fight Jean Pascal in a bid to regain the Light Heavyweight belt.

After the first fight was drawn, Hopkins overcame Pascal to win both the WBC and IBO World Light Heavyweight titles in 2011.

Controversy in Hopkins' career

In October 2011 Hopkins - at the age of 46 - was involved in a controversial bout against Chad Dawson for the WBC and IBO World Light Heavyweight Championship.

Bernard Hopkins V Chad Dawson I

The fight was initially ruled a TKO in Dawson's favour, but the result was later overturned to a no contest as Dawson was deemed to have dumped Hopkins to the canvas illegally.

The two men locked horns once again in April 2012, again with the WBC World Light Heavyweight strap on the line. Dawson secured a majority decision win after a bruising encounter went the distance.

Chad Dawson V Bernard Hopkins II

In October 2013, live on BoxNation, Hopkins fended off the challenge of mandatory opponent Karo Murat before unifying the division with a SD win over Beibut Shumenov in April 2014.

Still fighting at 49

In November 2014 Bernard Hopkins faced the WBO World Light-Heavyweight destroyer, Sergey Kovalev.

The pair clashed in Atlantic City, New Jersey and the battle went the full twelve rounds. Hopkins was down in the first round before completing the full stretch against a Russian fighter that was young enough to be his son.

Unbeaten 'Krusher' Kovalev left with the decision, but Hopkins lost no class, still seen to this day as one of boxing's most memorable and legendary sportsmen. Come 2015 the fighter reached his 50th year and showed no signs quitting his pro career.

Final farewell

BHop will bring his incredible career to a close on December 17th 2016, when he fights Joe Smith Jr. LIVE on BoxNation.

Smith Jr. earned the fight after knocking out Andrzej Fonfara in one round earlier this year, and the Long Island man will be looking to crash the farewell party of 51-year-old Hopkins.