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.
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.