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Bernard Hopkins does it again

- March 11th, 2013

Greetings fight fans!

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Hopkins takes it to Cloud.

Just a quick bit of boxing news here. Light heavy weight legend Bernard Hopkins defied Father Time and became the oldest boxing champion in history….again.

On Saturday night, Hopkins, at 48, easily defeated IBF champion Tavoris Cloud, a man 17 years his junior.

In beating Cloud, Hopkins broke his own record. Two years ago, I covered his sensational victory over Montreal’s Jean’s Pascal to become, for the first time, the oldest legit boxing champion. You can read my coverage of that fight here.

Just goes to show you that age can be little more than a number.

 

History made in Montreal – Hopkins boxing’s oldest champ

- May 26th, 2011

So while the followers of Harold Camping were busy waiting for the world to end, I was ring side in Montreal at the unbelievable Jean Pascal, 28, vs. Bernard243201_10150780490055001_719940000_18841377_7000591_o Hopkins,46, light heavy-weight title fight. Hopkins won and  and became the oldest man to ever win a legit boxing title.

I will tell you this: you NEVER really seen a big time sporting event until you see one in Montreal. You could argue with me, but you would be wrong.

If you did not catch my coverage from the fight, you can read it here:

Is Hopkins Past His BestBefore date?

Hopkins, Pascal, make weight Zewski knocks out Galvan

Dawson too quick for Diaconu

Hopkins becomes boxings oldest champ Boxing history made, so what now?

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my view from the press row in the Bell Centre

B-Hop deserved the win – quick thoughts on the fight.

- December 20th, 2010

It was, simply put, one of the most remarkable ring performances I have ever seen. Maybe the best this year, and 2010 has had some great fights: Manny Pacquiao’s total destruction of the bigger Antonio Margarito, Amir Khan’s gutsy win over the iron Marcos Maidana and over course Paul Williams kissing the canvas courtesy of Sergio Martinez. But seeing the 45-year-old Bernard Hopkins out class, out box, out think the 28-year-old Jean Pascal of Montreal in their light heavy-weight title fight was simply amazing.Bernard-Hopkins-007

The fight was judged a draw – mostly because of two knockdowns by Pascal in round 1 and round 3 – meaning Pascal kept his title. The Canadian won the first three rounds for sure. Maybe the fourth. MAYBE. After that, it was all Hopkins. I scored it 114-112 Hopkins. And if you watched the fight, you could see in the faces of Pascal and his corner. They lost the fight and they knew it.

Ok, so I its hard to argue with Stephen Brunt’s assessment here. The draw was not a robbery exactly. The knock downs (even though the first one is suspect. Hopkins was hit on the back of the head) gave Pascal some early points and its possible to give Pascal a closely fought 10th round, which results in a 1113-113 fight. Still, he was taken to school by pugilism’s genius professor.  He should have been given the win or failing that, an immediate rematch.

At the very least, it showed that boxing is not exactly the young man’s game that is often claimed. Some smarts and hard training can keep you going for a long time…good new for those of us on the dark side of 35!

Thoughts?