In 2014, Bernard Hopkins beat Father Time one more time to became the oldest boxer to unify major titles. He retained his IBF light-heavyweight title and added IBA and WBA titles. His last opponent was nearly 20 years younger than Hopkins. The aging fighter became the oldest champion in boxing history with the unanimous-decision victory. So how has the hall of famer managed to stay sharp for this long?
It’s All in the Eyes
“It’s the inner that produces the outer. What’s in (your body has) got to come out. It shows. You can’t hide it,” Hopkins says. At the weigh-in a day before a fight, if an opponent looks dehydrated, he knows his opponent has drained himself down and that he won’t last 40 minutes. His opponent’s eyes tell him what their “liver and kidneys are doing.” Hopkins says yellow in the eyes shows you’re a drinker.