Amazingly, this ageless boxer did it again last night.
Not only did Bernard Hopkins defeat Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan and unify boxing’s sport’s light heavyweight crowns.
But, the 49 year-old fighter beat Father Time in another bout to remain the oldest boxer ever to win a championship belt.
The mere mention of this boxer’s nickname would make most people too fearful to shadow box against him.
Light Heavyweight Champ Bernard Hopkins perfectly personifies his Executioner nickname in more ways than one.
When entering the ring before fights, Hopkins and his management team dress like angels of death in an effort to intimidate Hopkins’ opponent. They wield large axes and wear scary masks, heavy capes and dark hoods.
While in the ring, Hopkins expertly executes his plan which is to knock out all of his opponents.
Though Hopkins’ fighting image may be chilling, his amazing personal path to success as a boxer, businessman and freed felon is beyond thrilling.
Growing up in a rough North Philadelphia neighborhood, Hopkins survived a serious stab wound at age 13. By age 17, he had begun a young life of crime and found himself charged with armed robbery and behind bars for 56 months. While serving his time at Graterford State Prison in Pennsylvania, Hopkins learned to box.
Upon his release, the 22 year-old Hopkins stepped into the ring for his first fight, which he lost. The Executioner didn’t lace up his gloves again for another 18 months. But, when he did, he proceeded to win 22 consecutive bouts and earn his first title fight against Roy Jones, Jr.
In his lengthy and storied boxing career, the 6’1” and 173 lb. Hopkins has squared off against some of the most famous names in the sport.
Defeating the likes of Roy Jones, Jr., Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright, Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya, the Executioner has compiled an incredible 55 – 6 – 2 record with 32 knockouts.
Back in 2011, Hopkins became the oldest prize fighter at age 46 to claim a world title by beating Jean Pascal in Montreal in 2011 for the WBC Light Heavyweight crown.
Then, last night, the 49 year-old Hopkins did it again.
Life outside the ring has been extremely good to Hopkins. Few will disagree that his best win has been defeating the incredible odds stacked against him as a former crime prone teenager.
However, life inside the ring has not been good at all for Bernard Hopkins’ opponents. Their fates have nearly always been doomed when facing the Executioner.
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