Bernard Hopkins

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Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins 2010.jpg
Hopkins in 2010
Real nameBernard Humphrey Hopkins, Jr.
Nickname(s)The Executioner
The Alien[1]
Rated atMiddleweight
Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Reach191 cm (75 in)
Born(1965-01-15) January 15, 1965 (age 48)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Boxing record
Total fights64
Wins by KO32
No contests2
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Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins 2010.jpg
Hopkins in 2010
Real nameBernard Humphrey Hopkins, Jr.
Nickname(s)The Executioner
The Alien[1]
Rated atMiddleweight
Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Reach191 cm (75 in)
Born(1965-01-15) January 15, 1965 (age 48)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Boxing record
Total fights64
Wins by KO32
No contests2

Bernard Humphrey Hopkins, Jr. (born January 15, 1965) is an American boxer. Hopkins is most widely known for his career in the middleweight class, where he held at least one of the championships in that class from 1994 until 2005. Having held the International Boxing Federation's middleweight title first, he unified the titles of all three of boxing's major sanctioning bodies in 2001 by winning the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles. In 2004 Hopkins, having added The Ring middleweight championship to his resume as well, became the first middleweight to have held all four of what are considered the major belts when he won the World Boxing Organization's championship from Oscar De La Hoya.

Having defended a world middleweight title a record 20 times before losing the title in 2005, he is considered one of the greatest middleweight champions of all time. The Ring ranked him #3 on their list of the "10 best middleweight title holders of the last 50 years."[2]

After losing his title to Jermain Taylor in 2005 and failing to regain it in a rematch, Hopkins moved up in weight and began challenging for the light heavyweight championship. In his first fight in the class Hopkins won the International Boxing Organization and Ring titles from Antonio Tarver. Hopkins lost the Ring title to Joe Calzaghe in 2008, but later regained the belt in his second fight with Jean Pascal (after controversially drawing with him in their first fight). Hopkins also won Pascal's WBC title in the match, and at 46 years, 4 months, and 10 days old broke George Foreman's record as the oldest fighter to ever win a world championship.

On March 9, 2013, Hopkins defeated Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight championship of the world at age 48 becoming the oldest man in recorded boxing history to win a recognized world boxing championship, breaking his own record for the second time.[3]

In addition to being an active boxer, Hopkins is also a minority partner with Golden Boy Promotions.


Born to Bernard Hopkins, Sr. and his wife Shirley, Bernard grew up with his family in the Raymond Rosen housing project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hopkins turned to crime early in his life. By the age of thirteen he was mugging people and had been stabbed three times. At seventeen, Hopkins was sentenced to 18 years in Graterford Prison for nine felonies. While in prison he witnessed rapes and the murder of another inmate in an argument over a pack of cigarettes, but also discovered his passion for boxing. After serving almost five years, Hopkins was released from prison in 1988. He then decided to use boxing as an escape from his previous life, and converted to Islam.[4] While leaving the prison for the final time, the warden told Hopkins he'd "see [Hopkins] again when you wind up back in here," to which Hopkins replied "I ain't ever coming back here."[5]

Professional career[edit]

He immediately joined the professional boxing ranks as a light heavyweight, losing his debut on October 11, 1988, in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Clinton Mitchell. After a sixteen-month layoff, he resumed his career as a middleweight, winning a unanimous decision over Greg Paige at the Blue Horizon on February 22, 1990.

Between February 1990 and December 1992, Hopkins scored 21 wins without a loss. He won 16 of those fights by knockout, 12 coming in the first round.

Hopkins vs. Jones I[edit]

Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones met on May 22, 1993 for the vacant IBF Middleweight title. Hopkins was out-pointed throughout most of the fight, en route to losing a unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 116–112 for Jones.

Middleweight Title[edit]

The IBF came again knocking at Hopkins's door on December 17 of that year, matching him with Segundo Mercado in Mercado's hometown of Quito, Ecuador. Mercado knocked Hopkins down twice before Hopkins rallied late and earned a draw. It has been argued that Hopkins was also not properly acclimated to the altitude of nearly 10,000 feet.[6]

The IBF called for an immediate rematch, and on April 29, 1995, Hopkins became a world champion with a seventh-round technical knockout victory in Landover, Maryland.

In his first title defense he defeated Steve Frank, whom he stopped in twenty-four seconds. By the end of 2000, he had defended the IBF title 12 times without a loss, while beating such standouts as John David Jackson, Glen Johnson (undefeated at the time and later went on to knock out an aging Roy Jones Jr), Simon Brown, and Antwun Echols.

2001 Middleweight Tournament[edit]

The arrival of former welterweight and light middleweight champion Félix Trinidad into the middleweight ranks set off a series of unification fights between major middleweight title-holders. The boxers involved in the tournament would be reigning IBF champion Bernard Hopkins, WBC champion Keith Holmes, WBA champion William Joppy, and Félix Trinidad.

Hopkins vs Holmes[edit]

On April 14, 2001, Hopkins won a unanimous decision over WBC champion Keith Holmes in New York City. Trinidad, however, knocked out Middleweight mainstay William Joppy in an impressive five rounds.[7] This led to many to believe that Felix Trinidad was simply too much, too strong for Bernard Hopkins.[8]

Hopkins vs Trinidad[edit]

Then, on September 29, 2001, WBA champion Trinidad challenged Hopkins for middleweight unification in Madison Square Garden.

For the first time in many years, Hopkins was an underdog in the betting, which led the confident Hopkins to place a $100,000 bet on himself to win the bout. (The $100K came from a sponsorship deal Hopkins had with online casino sight Golden Palace; Hopkins even had the website displayed on his back for the fight.[9]) During promotion for the bout, Hopkins caused huge controversy by throwing the Puerto Rico flag on the floor in press conferences in both New York and Puerto Rico, the latter conference leading to a riot in which Hopkins had to be run to safety from the angry mob.[10]

During the fight, Hopkins was on his way to a lopsided decision victory when, in the 12th and final round, he floored Trinidad. Referee Steve Smoger called a halt to the fight after Trinidad's father entered the ring to stop the fight. It was the first loss of Trinidad's career, and it made Hopkins the first undisputed world middleweight champion since Marvin Hagler in 1987. 'The Ring' magazine and the 'World Boxing Hall of Fame' named Hopkins as the 2001 Fighter of the Year.

He defended the undisputed title six times. Hopkins bested Carl Daniels on February 2 surpassing Carlos Monzon's division record of 14 defenses, 2002, by tenth-round technical knockout; Morrade Hakkar on March 29, 2003, by eighth-round TKO; William Joppy on December 13, 2003, by unanimous decision; and Robert Allen on June 5, 2004, also by unanimous decision.

Hopkins vs. De La Hoya[edit]

In the highest-paying fight of his career, Hopkins fought six-division titleholder Oscar de la Hoya, another welterweight for the undisputed middleweight championship on September 18, 2004, in Las Vegas. They fought at a catchweight of 158 lbs, two pounds below the middleweight limit of 160 lbs.[11] Hopkins won the bout by knockout in the ninth round with a left hook to the body and thus became the first boxer ever to unify the titles of all four major sanctioning bodies. At the time of the stoppage, Hopkins was ahead on two of the scorecards, with De La Hoya ahead on the other.[12]

In November 2004 de la Hoya invited Hopkins to join his boxing promotional firm, Golden Boy Promotions, as president of its new East Coast chapter.

At 40 years old, an age at which most boxers are retired, Hopkins reached the middleweight record of 20 title defenses on February 19, 2005, against ranked #1 WBC Middleweight contender Howard Eastman, the European middleweight champion. Hopkins dominated the fight from start to finish, winning 119–110, 117–111 and 116–112.

Hopkins vs Taylor[edit]

In his next fight on July 16, 2005, Hopkins lost his undisputed middleweight championship to Jermain Taylor via a split decision. Hopkins started slowly but came on strong over the final four rounds. Many press row writers scored the fight for Hopkins.[13]

Light Heavyweight[edit]

Hopkins vs. Tarver[edit]

Following his two losses to Jermain Taylor, Hopkins at 41 decided not to retire and made the decision to jump two weight divisions to face off against The Ring light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver on June 10, 2006. Going into the fight, Tarver was a 3-to-1 favorite and had been the first man ever to TKO Roy Jones Jr. Many now placed Tarver among the sports top competitors. He was constantly ranked in the P4P rankings. However, Bernard Hopkins picked up a lopsided unanimous decision, scoring 118–109 on all three judges scorecards.

Antonio Tarver also lost a $250,000 bet with Hopkins, after he failed to stop Hopkins in the first six rounds.[14]

Hopkins vs Wright[edit]

On July 21, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Hopkins defended The Ring light heavyweight championship against former undisputed junior middleweight champion Winky Wright. During the weigh-in, Hopkins shoved Wright with an open-hand to the face, igniting a brawl between both fighters' entourages.[15] Hopkins was fined $200,000 for instigating the brawl.[16] Hopkins prevailed with a unanimous decision victory by scores of 117–111, 117–111 and 116–112.[17]

Hopkins vs Calzaghe[edit]

On April 19, 2008, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Hopkins lost The Ring light heavyweight title to Joe Calzaghe via split decision (116–111 and 115–112 for Joe Calzaghe; 114–113 for Hopkins). Hopkins started the fight well, dropping Joe Calzaghe in the first round and using his ring savvy to confuse the challenger. Calzaghe got up to showcase his blazingly fast hands and devastating combination and despite the fact that Hopkins would smother him whenever he tried to come in and throw more than one punch.

Hopkins vs Pavlik[edit]

On October 18, 2008, Hopkins met middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in a non-title fight at a catch-weight of 170 lbs. Fans and pundits alike felt that knockout king Kelly Pavlik would become the first man to knock Hopkins out. Pavlik was a 4–1 betting favourite heading into the contest. On the night of the fight, Hopkins turned back the clock to produce a performance he claimed to be the best of his career winning a unanimous decision (117–109, 119–106, 118–108) over the undefeated Pavlik. Hopkins prepared for this fight in the late summer heat at his second home, Danny Hawk's "World Famous" Normandy Gym in Miami Beach, FL.

During the Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao media conferences before their fight on May 3, 2009, Bernard Hopkins stated he would be "interested" in a proposed fight with British super middleweight champion Carl Froch.

On December 2, 2009, Bernard Hopkins fought in his home city of Philadelphia for the first time since 2003 beating Enrique Ornelas via 12-round unanimous decision (120–109, 119–109 & 118–110) in what served as a tune-up bout for the 44-year old Hopkins who had not fought since his October 18, 2008 12-round upset victory over undisputed middleweight champion, Kelly Pavlik.

The bout was supposed to be a tune-up for a scheduled March 13, 2010 rematch with Roy Jones, Jr. The rematch was later postponed as a result of Jones, Jr. falling to a first round technical knockout loss to Australian, Danny Green.

Hopkins vs. Jones II[edit]

Hopkins and old foe Roy Jones Jr. agreed to fight in a rematch on April 3, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The two boxers fought again 17 years after their first bout in 1993. Hopkins defeated Jones by a unanimous decision in a 12-round bout marred by illegal blows and a skirmish at the end of the sixth round involving ring entourage, the referee and security guards. Judges Don Trella and Glenn Trowbridge scored it 117–110 for Hopkins, while Dave Moretti favored him 118–109. The Associated Press had it 119–108, scoring 11 of 12 rounds for Hopkins.[18]

He then challenged WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye who had successfully defended his title against John Ruiz.[19] Following Hopkins challenge, Haye ruled out the fight stating Bernard was only looking for a payday.[20] Hopkins later stated his intentions to fight Lucian Bute following Bute's third round technical knockout victory over Edison Miranda. Golden Boy Promotions also tried to approach retired boxer Joe Calzaghe for a potential rematch in 2010, but Calzaghe, who stated he no longer had the appetite, turned the offer down.[21]

Hopkins vs. Pascal I & II[edit]

Pascal defending versus Hopkins.

At 45 years old, Hopkins fought WBC, IBO light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on December 18, 2010 at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The bout ended in a majority draw decision. Judge Steve Morrow had it 114–112 for Hopkins, but was overruled by Claude Paquette (113–113) and Daniel Van de Wiele (114–114).[22] Following the controversy of the fight, WBC chairman Jose Sulaiman sanctioned an immediate rematch.

On May 21, 2011, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, Hopkins defeated Pascal by unanimous decision to capture the WBC, IBO, and The Ring Light Heavyweight belts.[23][24] The official scores were 115–113, 116–112 and 115–114.[25] With the win, Hopkins became the oldest man in the history of the sport to win a major world title, supplanting George Foreman, who had previously held the distinction after his knockout victory over Michael Moorer.[26] Hopkins won at 46 years, 4 months, 6 days, while Foreman was 45 years, 10 months. After the bout, ESPN columnist Dan Rafael stated: "Bernard Hopkins already had lived several boxing lifetimes, but he was born yet again in Saturday's decision over Jean Pascal, becoming the oldest champion in history."[26]

Hopkins vs. Dawson I & II[edit]

Hopkins told the world of boxing that his next fight was going to be against former champion Chad Dawson. They fought on October 15, 2011. Hopkins lost via TKO for being unable to continue after injuring his shoulder when Dawson threw him off of his back.

After an investigation by the WBC following a protest filed by Oscar De La Hoya, the WBC ruled that Dawson intentionally fouled Hopkins and returned the belt to Hopkins. The Ring magazine also decided to continue to recognize Hopkins as their champion pending the California State Athletic Commission’s ruling on a protest filed on behalf of Hopkins.[27] Also on December 13, California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has ruled that the decision will be overturned to a no-contest upon official review and the testimony of referee of the bout, Pat Russell.[28]

A rematch with Dawson was set for April 28, 2012. Hopkins lost the bout via majority decision. Hopkins would not fight again in 2012, making it the first calendar year since 1989 that Hopkins did not win a fight.

Hopkins vs. Cloud[edit]

Hopkins would make his return to the ring on March 9, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, against IBF Light Heavyweight Champion and Ring No. 2 ranked Light Heavyweight, Tavoris Cloud. Hopkins broke his own record becoming the oldest man in the history of the sport to win a major world boxing title, by defeating Cloud by unanimous decision.

Hopkins vs. Murat[edit]

Hopkins defended the IBF Light Heavyweight Championship against Karo Murat on October 26, 2013. The mandatory title defense was originally scheduled for July 13, 2013, but was later postponed due to visa issues for Murat. In the meantime, the IBF originally made Sergey Kovalev Hopkins's new mandatory challenger, but Kovalev instead faced and beat then WBO champion Nathan Cleverly to win the title, so Murat was reinstated as the IBF mandatory challenger and the bout was rescheduled for October 26, 2013.[29] Hopkins won by unanimous decision with two scores of 119–108 and one of 117–110.[30]

Professional boxing record[edit]

54 Wins (32 knockouts, 22 decisions), 6 Losses, 2 Draws, 2 No Contests[31]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win54–6–2 (2)Germany Karo MuratUD122013-10-26United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win53–6–2 (2)United States Tavoris CloudUD122013-03-09United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New YorkWon IBF Light Heavyweight title and broke previous record of becoming oldest champion in boxing history.
Loss52–6–2 (2)United States Chad DawsonMD122012-04-28United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyLost The Ring & WBC Light Heavyweight titles.
NC52–5–2 (2)United States Chad DawsonNC2 (12), 2:482011-10-15United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaHopkins unable to continue after foul. Retained The Ring & WBC Light Heavyweight titles.
Win52–5–2 (1)Canada Jean PascalUD122011-05-21Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, QuebecWon The Ring, IBO & WBC Light Heavyweight titles. Awarded WBC Diamond belt. Also broke George Foreman's record in becoming the oldest champion in boxing history.
Draw51–5–2 (1)Canada Jean PascalMD122010-12-18Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, QuebecFor WBC, IBO & The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
Win51–5–1 (1)United States Roy Jones, Jr.UD122010-04-03United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NevadaNon-title light heavyweight bout.
Win50–5–1 (1)Mexico Enrique OrnelasUD122009-12-02United States Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaNon-title light heavyweight bout.
Win49–5–1 (1)United States Kelly PavlikUD122008-10-18United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyNon-title super middleweight bout.
Loss48–5–1 (1)Wales Joe CalzagheSD122008-04-19United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NevadaLost The Ring Light Heavyweight title.
Win48–4–1 (1)United States Winky WrightUD122007-07-21United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained The Ring Light Heavyweight title.
Win47–4–1 (1)United States Antonio TarverUD122006-06-10United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyWon IBO & The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
Loss46–4–1 (1)United States Jermain TaylorUD122005-12-03United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NevadaFor WBC, WBA (Super), WBO & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Loss46–3–1 (1)United States Jermain TaylorSD122005-07-16United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NevadaLost IBF, WBC, WBA (Super), WBO & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win46–2–1 (1)United Kingdom Howard EastmanUD122005-02-19United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaRetained IBF, WBC, WBA (Super), WBO & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win45–2–1 (1)United States Oscar De La HoyaKO9 (12), 1:382004-09-18United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained IBF, WBC, WBA (Super), The Ring Middleweight titles. Won WBO Middleweight title.
Win44–2–1 (1)United States Robert AllenUD122004-02-06United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained IBF, WBC, WBA (Super) & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win43–2–1 (1)United States William JoppyUD122003-12-13United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained IBF, WBC, WBA (Super) & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win42–2–1 (1)France Morrade HakkarTKO8 (12), 3:002003-03-29United States Spectrum, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaRetained IBF, WBC, WBA (Super) & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win41–2–1 (1)United States Carl DanielsTKO10 (12), 3:002002-02-02United States Sovereign Center, Reading, PennsylvaniaRetained IBF, WBC, WBA (Super) & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win40–2–1 (1)Puerto Rico Félix TrinidadTKO12 (12), 1:182001-09-29United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained IBF, WBC Middleweight titles. Won WBA (Super) & vacant The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win39–2–1 (1)United States Keith HolmesUD122001-04-14United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained IBF Middleweight title. Won WBC Middleweight title.
Win38–2–1 (1)United States Antwun EcholsTKO11 (12), 1:422000-12-01United States The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win37–2–1 (1)Canada Syd VanderpoolUD122000-05-13United States Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IndianaRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win36–2–1 (1)United States Antwun EcholsUD121999-12-12United States Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, FloridaRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win35–2–1 (1)United States Robert AllenTKO7 (12), 1:181999-02-06United States Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.Retained IBF Middleweight title.
NC34–2–1 (1)United States Robert AllenNC4 (12), 2:571998-08-28United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win34–2–1United States Simon BrownTKO6 (12), 1:001998-01-31United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win33–2–1United States Andrew CouncilUD121997-11-18United States The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, MarylandRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win32–2–1Jamaica Glen JohnsonTKO11 (12), 1:231997-07-20United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CaliforniaRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win31–2–1United States John David JacksonTKO7 (12), 2:221997-04-19United States Memorial Auditorium, Shreveport, LouisianaRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win30–2–1United States William Bo JamesTKO11 (12), 2:021996-07-16United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win29–2–1United States Joe LipseyKO4 (12), 2:501996-03-16United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win28–2–1Guyana Steve FrankTKO1 (12), 0:241996-01-27United States Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, ArizonaRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win27–2–1Ecuador Segundo MercadoTKO7 (12), 1:101995-04-29United States USAir Arena, Landover, MarylandWon vacant IBF Middleweight title.
Draw26–2–1Ecuador Segundo MercadoD121994-12-17Ecuador Coliseo General Rumiñahui, QuitoFor vacant IBF Middleweight title.
Win26–2Mexico Lupe AquinoUD121994-05-17United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained USBA Middleweight title.
Win25–2United States Melvin WynnTKO3 (10), 0:481994-02-26United States The Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New JerseyNon-title super middleweight bout.
Win24–2United States Wendall HallTKO3 (12), 0:281993-11-23United States Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaRetained USBA Middleweight title.
Win23–2United States Roy RitchieTKO7 (12), 1:471993-08-03United States Riviera Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained USBA Middleweight title.
Loss22–2United States Roy Jones, Jr.UD121993-05-22United States RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.For vacant IBF Middleweight title.
Win22–1United States Gilbert BaptistUD121993-02-16United States McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, ColoradoRetained USBA Middleweight title.
Win21–1United States Wayne PowellTKO1 (12), 0:211992-12-04United States Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New JerseyWon vacant USBA Middleweight title.
Win20–1United States Eric RhinehartKO1 (10), 1:471992-09-14United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win19–1United States James StokesKO1 (10)1992-08-28United States Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win18–1Colombia Anibal MirandaPTS101992-05-21France Paris, Île-de-France
Win17–1United States Randy SmithUD101992-04-03United States Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win16–1United States Dennis MiltonTKO4 (10)1992-01-31United States Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win15–1United States Willie KempUD10)1991-12-13United States Convention Center, Atlantic City
Win14–1United States David McCluskeyTKO7 (10)1991-11-26United States Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win13–1United States Ralph MoncriefTKO1 (10), 1:281991-09-23United States Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win12–1United States Danny MitchellKO1 (?)1991-07-09United States Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win11–1United States Pedro MarquezTKO1 (?)1991-06-20United States Parsippany, New Jersey
Win10–1United States Steve LangleyTKO1 (?), 1:101991-03-18United States Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Win9–1United States Richard QuilesKO1 (6)1991-02-26United States National Guard Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win8–1United States Mike SappTKO1 (6)1990-11-17United States National Guard Armory, Lee County Civic Center, Fort Myers, Florida
Win7–1United States Darren OliverTKO1 (6)1990-10-20United States Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win6–1United States Percy HarrisUD61990-08-05United States Convention Center, Atlantic City
Win5–1United States Khalif ShabazzKO1 (?)1990-06-30United States Trump Castle, Atlantic City
Win1–1United States Greg PaigeUD4 (4)1990-02-22United States Blue Horizon Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss0–1United States Clinton MitchellMD4 (4)1988-10-11United States Resorts Hotel, Atlantic City

UD=Unanimous decision, SP=Split Decision, MD=Majority decision, TKO=Technical knock-out, PTS=Points, NC=No contest.


Hopkins has been coached by Philadelphia based English "Bouie" Fisher from 1989 until their split in 2002 which resulted in Fisher taking Hopkins to court, claiming he was underpaid by $255,000. They re-united in 2003, but split again in 2005, again with Fisher claiming to be underpaid, this time to the tune of $200,000. Naazim Richardson, Fishers long-term assistant took over as Hopkins' head coach from 2005. Fisher won the Eddie Futch-John F.X. Condon Award, awarded by the Boxing Writers Association of America, for Trainer of the Year in 2001. Bouie died aged 83 in June 2011.

Controversial quotes[edit]

In an October, 2012, Hopkins stated:

“The great Sugar Ray Leonard, right now, if he was boxing, the way that they want you to fight, the people that pull the strings of the puppet, he would be boring today. Ray Robinson – the great Robinson – would be boring today…Because the feeders of the people that buy entertainment. They’re being fed that if they duck, don’t buy it. If they’re slick, and they beat [their opponent] nine out of the 12 rounds, and the guy just can’t hit him because they were slick and smart enough to hit and not get hit, ‘He’s not crowd-pleasing, he don’t sell tickets.’ Because they done fed the followers and they done fed [that] to the customers. The customers will drink anything that you give them if it’s promoted right…But when you take away the skill and you take away the slick, and you take away the boxing ability and say that’s not entertaining, or that’s not entertainment, then, to me, it’s like trying to erase a culture that you know has dominated the sport way back then where you were slick. And I’m talking about black fighters. Yes, I said it.”

In the face of these controversial statements, ran an article defending Hopkins against charges of racism; B-Hop’s Claim Racist?.

In late 2010, Hopkins suggested that African-American fighters who possessed what he described as a "slick" inner-city style of fighting would be successful against Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. "Maybe I’m biased because I’m black, but I think that this is what is said at people’s homes and around the dinner table among black boxing fans and fighters. Most of them won’t say it [in public] because they’re not being real and they don’t have the balls to say it. But I do think that a fighter like the Ray Leonard's or anyone like that would beat a guy (like Pacquiao) if they come with their game. Listen, this ain’t a racial thing, but then again, maybe it is. But the style that is embedded in most of us black fighters, that style could be a problem to any other style of fighting."[32][33]

On December 7, 2007, Hopkins and Calzaghe met face to face in the media room set up for the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton fight. Hopkins began shouting insults and taunting Calzaghe, with Hopkins shouting, "You're not even in my league! I would never let a white boy beat me. I would never lose to a white boy. I couldn't go back to the projects if I let a white boy beat me." Hopkins would later explain his comments, saying that it was not meant to be taken as a racial slur or a reflection of his feelings on white fighters, but simply said to create some hype for his fight with Calzaghe. On January 23, 2008, the fight was officially announced to take place on April 19, 2008, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, with. Calzaghe winning the fight in a split decision.

On May 11, 2011, Hopkins questioned Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb's racial credentials in a Philadelphia Daily News online article. Marcus Hayes of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that according to Hopkins, McNabb had a privileged childhood in suburban Chicago and, as a result, is not black enough or tough enough, at least compared with, say, himself, Michael Vick and Terrell Owens. Hopkins saying in part, "He's got a suntan. That's all... McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field... He's the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings . . . He thought he was one of them."

See also[edit]


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