Unified light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins fired a warning to WBC ruler Adonis Stevenson after his win last weekend.
The astounding career of Hopkins shows no sign of abating quite yet, his latest victory coming over Beibut Shumenov for his WBA ‘super’ championship. In adding to his own IBF title, Hopkins became the oldest unified world champion in history at the age of 49.
Now he has eyes on adding a third title to his collection at 175lbs.
Speaking to Showtime’s Jim Gray after the bout, Hopkins had some words for his Canadian counterpart: “Stevenson, I am coming to Canada. I am getting my papers together. I want to be the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world this year, period.”
Whether Stevenson is prepared to accept the challenge is another matter, having already ducked a fight with feared Russian banger Sergey Kovalev, who currently holds the WBO strap. Though Hopkins is a significantly less powerful puncher, he shows no sign of losing his ability to spoil fights and would be a threat to his WBC title.
In the fight itself one judge inexplicably scored the contest for the Kazakhstani, despite the older man dominating the contest from start to finish.
When asked about the scorecard, Hopkins said: “I don’t like to get into all of that. It’s not my job to deal with that. It’s my job to get ready and unify the championship before 50.”
The unification record was the latest for the 49-year-old has broken; he is also the oldest boxer to win a world title, breaking the record against Jean Pascal in 2010 before extending it when defeating Tavoris Cloud last year.
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