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 Last update:  10/6/2011       Read more by Keith Idec         
   
Bernard Hopkins: I Won't Fight Until I'm 50-Years-Old
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By Keith Idec

Bernard Hopkins says he was joking about boxing until heís 50, but the legendary light heavyweight champion isnít quite sure when heíll retire.

The 46-year-old Hopkins will fight as long as he can continue competing at the sportís elite level.

ďAs long as I have the desire to continue to win and not embarrass myself and [not] embarrass the sport, I think at the end, when itís time to go itís time to go,Ē Hopkins said Wednesday on a conference call to promote his Oct. 15 fight against Chad Dawson. ďI canít think about winning and think about retiring at the same time. Thatís very counterproductive. So I figure that instead of worrying about [the future], worry about where Iím at now.

ďI think, as a matter of fact, I know Iím in a place right now that Iíd rather be defending the title than trying to win a title. So Iím enjoying the moment while Iím here, and Iím going to continue to stack the pages as the pages become interesting and become meaningful. And I think everybody should just enjoy me while Iím here because nothing lasts forever, and I think we all know that.Ē

Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs, 1 NC), a Philadelphia native, became the oldest boxer ever to win a recognized world title when he out-pointed Canadaís Jean Pascal in their 12-round fight May 21 in Montreal. Part of the three-fight contract he signed with HBO Sports after his controversial majority draw with Pascal on Dec. 18 in Quebec City called for him to face Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs, 1 NC) if he topped Pascal in their rematch.

After defeating Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs), Hopkins playfully predicted he would fight until heís 50. That, he said Wednesday, is out of the question.

ďA lot of that was basically because I wanted to torture anyone that hoped Iíd leave or voluntarily go away,Ē Hopkins said. ďBecause I realize a lot of people want me to leave, for good or bad reasons. I donít take it personally anymore. But on the same token, I was having some fun and I was just making some people in the world sleep kind of hard and kind of miserable the night I won the fight with Jean Pascal.

ďBut no, Iím not going to be fighting until Iím 50 years old. I donít have to and it wonít be a good health risk for me to [fight until Iím 50]. It would be a bad risk for me to even do that, but Iím enjoying it while I can. Iíll be 47 in less than four months Ö right now Iím just going to let the world know that 46 is a great number for Bernard Hopkins. Iíve got to show that next Saturday.Ē

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

Tags: Bernard Hopkins , Chad Dawson , Hopkins vs Dawson , Hopkins-Dawson



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comment by Check_hooks, on 10-06-2011
if BHop only fights once a year and cherry picks paper champs like u know who than he can fight until 50

comment by ANACONDA, on 10-06-2011
If anyone can, BHOP can.

comment by jjbj2, on 10-06-2011
[QUOTE=Owlzfan84]Do u want him to die or something?[/QUOTE] I would actually watch that PPV match of Hopkins vs Klitschko. I just want the old man show what is left in him win or lose. Also, Hopkins got screwed by Golden Boy and HBO in fighting Chad Dawson. Honestly, he had the bright...

comment by Owlzfan84, on 10-06-2011
[QUOTE=Rolaz]If He has beaten all of those top contender Light Heavies, then he should entertain the idea of fighting the Klitsckho Bros.[/QUOTE] Do u want him to die or something?

comment by Rolaz, on 10-06-2011
If He has beaten all of those top contender Light Heavies, then he should entertain the idea of fighting the Klitsckho Bros.

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