Bernard Hopkins Hits Hard With New World Record
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.
“I want to fight one fight at 50 but I want it to be a meaningful fight,” Hopkins told ESPN.com this week. “I’d rather it be a championship fight and I’d like it to be done in a timely fashion, hopefully before June. We have to see what makes sense and what don’t.”
“But for right now, I am not retired. In 2015 I’m looking to do something at 50 to make history and to keep proving that age is nothing but a number. But whatever happens, I’m comfortable with it.”
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.