Bernard Hopkins unanimously outscored Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud to earn the IBF light heavyweight title and, again, become the oldest fighter to ever win a major world belt on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
A former two-weight world champion, and reformed ex-convict, Hopkins (53-6-3-2, 32 KOs) broke his own feat by overwhelming Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs).
“I won’t be around long,” said Hopkins, 48, who safeguarded his middleweight crown a record 20 straight times from 1995 through 2005. “Maybe only 5 more years.”
Despite being a quasi geriatric, “The Executioner” remains a defensive virtuoso with an insatiable appetite for winning.
An active prizefighting legend, there is no telling what Bernard Hopkins will manage to accomplish in the squared circle with “only 5 more years.”by