Not for the first time in his career, former pound for pound king Bernard Hopkins meets a man young enough to be son tomorrow night in his first defence of the WBC light-heavyweight title just three months shy of his 47th birthday.
Hopkins (52-5-1 32 KO’s) was the undisputed middleweight champion for eleven years before losing his titles to the now retired Jermain Taylor in 2005 and with just one loss in the six-years since, now steps in with former champion ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson at The Staples Center for ‘Believe it or not.’
“B-Hop” is aiming to extend his record as the oldest world champion of all time and has already surpassed the likes of Archie Moore and George Foreman with his victory over Jean Pascal on his home-soil in Quebec last May.
You could argue that Jean Pascal’s beating of an undefeated Dawson, 29, last year will make Hopkins the favourite but bookmaker’s can’t seem to separate the two fighters and tomorrow night should be an intriguing encounter in Los Angeles.
Along with the Pascal triumph, Hopkins has shown he can mix it with the young bucks before when he went up against a 34-0 Kelly Pavlik in 2008 and came out on top in a dominating twelve-round performance.
The 46 year-old now has another young pretender aiming to take his crown and with a queue of fighter’s banging on the ‘Executioner’s’ door, it remains to be seen how long the ‘Peter Pan of Boxing’ can continue to fend them off.
I would not bet against another Hopkins win though, this time without the mid-fight push-ups.