Fighting at 48: Bernard Hopkins Becomes Oldest Boxer to Win Major Title

By ABC News

Mar 10, 2013 10:48am
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ABC News’ Darren Rovell reports:

 How old is too old?

Apparently not 48 years old, as boxer Bernard Hopkins became a champion once again Saturday night.

On Saturday, Hopkins beat 30-year-old Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight championship. Hopkins counteracted Cloud’s strength by deftly moving around his opponent’ s punches.

In the process, Hopkins became the oldest boxing champion in history, beating his own record that he set two years ago.

“This victory is sweeter than honey,” said Hopkins.

It was a moment that never would have happened had he listened to his mother’s dying wish that came a decade ago: don’t fight past 40.

“My mother would always say get the hell off the ring and don’t go in again. I probably wouldn’t be boxing, I would have been gone 10 years ago,” Hopkins said.

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When Hopkins was 17, he served 4 1/2 years in prison. Behind bars, boxing became his release and eventually his meal ticket.

“It’s a lot of victories that I had over the years, but this one means more because I am older. And 50 is around the corner,” Hopkins said.

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