49 year-old boxing champ Bernard Hopkins has gone by a handful of nicknames during his long and successful career.
B-Hop, The Alien, Ageless Wonder and The Executioner have been colorful monikers tied to the seemingly ageless boxer.
However, before 8,545 fans last night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, the badly beaten B-Hop will now be tagged with new nicknames of a more timeworn and antiquated nature.
The oldest boxer to ever win a world title, defend a title and unify a weight division looked every bit the 50 year-old he will become in just two months. He was decisively defeated.
B-Hop had little “hop” in his step, seemed like a lost “alien” in the ring and got “executed” by a much younger and superior fighter. Knocked down in the 1st round and pummeled throughout the fight, it was a miracle Hopkins survived without being knocked out.
Undefeated Sergey Kovalev totally dominated Hopkins and retained his light heavyweight belt. The heavy-handed Kovalev remains unbeaten in his career at 26 – 0 -1 with 23 KO’s.
Last night, the “Krusher” as the Russian is called, scored the widest margin of victory ever against the highly respected Executioner.
Kovalev won every round on the three judges’ scorecards and even landed 38 punches on B-Hop in the 12th and final round.
According to CompuBox, Kovalev connected on 166 of 585 punches, while the much elder Hopkins only landed 65 of the 196 he threw.
At times, it was tough to watch the one time Ageless Wonder in the ring with the stronger, faster and far more powerful Kovalev.
In the past, the mere mention of Hopkins’ Executioner nickname would have made most people too fearful to shadow box against him.
For three decades, the now former Light Heavyweight Champ Bernard Hopkins perfectly personified his Executioner nickname. He not only executed his fight plan, but he also defeated 55 formidable opponents he faced between the ropes.
However, neither was the case last night for the Executioner.
Hopkins’ defeat now leaves many fight fans to wonder just how many more times the once Ageless Wonder will step back into the ring.
If he fights again, an even older B-Hop will probably succumb to another younger and more resilient opponent.
Hopkins will more than likely resemble a lost, displaced “alien” in the ring than the confident, successful Executioner that boxing fans would like to remember him.
It’s now time, B-Hop. Don’t seek to satisfy your ego and prove the doubters wrong. Please retire. Undefeated Father Time is an opponent you will never beat.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!