Come April 19 in Washington D.C, Bernard Hopkins will continue to defy father time.
Hopkins, aged 49, is the current IBF light-heavyweight world champion and put on one exhibition performance last time out against Karo Murat. Murat, aged 30, was outworked by a man who was 18 years older than him at the time.
Some say that Hopkins is boring with his defensively astute style but one thing that is in general agreement is the astonishment that he is 49. For a man to still be boxing at 49 is pretty incredible. For a man to be fighting at the an elite level at 49 is remarkable but for a man to be a world champion at the age of 49 is an achievement that words cannot give enough credit.
Time after time Hopkins defies his age and beats people half his age. He lives the life of a professional boxer and clearly keeps himself in very good condition but even still most boxers bodies have given up on them long before they reach 49.
There is something very special about Hopkins which in recent times has lead to a change of nickname. He know bills himself as 'The Alien' due to his incredible ability to keep on performing despite his age.
Hopkins is a great of the sport with a list of achievement that most boxers can only dream of. From 1994 to 2005 Hopkins held at least one version of a middleweight world title and defended a world middleweight title a record 20 times. Hopkins has also won world titles at light-heavyweight where he now operates.
His record as it stands today is 54 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws and 2 no contests. He has been in with a formidable list of opponents including the likes of Roy Jones Jr, Glen Johnson, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Jermain Taylor, Antonio Tarver, Joe Calzaghe, Kelly Pavlik, Jean Pascal, Chad Dawson and Tavoris Cloud.
On 19 April Hopkins will look to unify the light-heavyweight division against Beibut Shumenov. Shumenov aged 30 holds a record of 14 wins and 1 loss and should provide a stern test for Hopkins.
Shumenov is a busy fighter who will look to pressure Hopkins and force him to work when he may not want to.
If Hopkins can achieve the incredible again and unify the division aged 49 by adding Shumenov's WBA belt than we are likely to see a 50 year old man in a world title fight.
Hopkins states that he wants to be the undisputed champion and that means beating the likes of Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev. Both are big punchers and would be really tough tests for Hopkins but you can't rule him out as he just keeps on defying the critics. Stevenson would appear the more likely candidate for Hopkins to fight and wow would that be a big fight.
In terms of the fight with Shumenov it should be a tough, gruelling fight but one which I expect Hopkins to come out on top off. I see him winning on points before going on to call out Adonis Stevenson.
Bernard Hopkins - a legend of the sport.
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