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Bernard Hopkins: I Won't Fight Until I'm 50-Years-Old

By Keith Idec

Bernard Hopkins says he was joking about boxing until he’s 50, but the legendary light heavyweight champion isn’t quite sure when he’ll retire.

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

“As 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 it’s time to go it’s time to go,” Hopkins said Wednesday on a conference call to promote his Oct. 15 fight against Chad Dawson. “I can’t think about winning and think about retiring at the same time. That’s very counterproductive. So I figure that instead of worrying about [the future], worry about where I’m at now.

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

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 Canada’s 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 he’s 50. That, he said Wednesday, is out of the question.

“A lot of that was basically because I wanted to torture anyone that hoped I’d leave or voluntarily go away,” Hopkins said. “Because I realize a lot of people want me to leave, for good or bad reasons. I don’t 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.

“But no, I’m not going to be fighting until I’m 50 years old. I don’t have to and it won’t be a good health risk for me to [fight until I’m 50]. It would be a bad risk for me to even do that, but I’m enjoying it while I can. I’ll be 47 in less than four months … right now I’m just going to let the world know that 46 is a great number for Bernard Hopkins. I’ve got to show that next Saturday.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) 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 Vape on 10-06-2011

If anyone can, BHOP can.

Comment by jjbj2 on 10-06-2011

[QUOTE=Owlzfan84;11259288]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…

Comment by Owlzfan84 on 10-06-2011

[QUOTE=Rolaz;11259285]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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