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Bernard Hopkins: I Will Retire Don King With Cloud Victory

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former champion Bernard Hopkins, 48-years-old, is hoping to accomplish two things on March 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He wants to defeat IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud in order to break his own record as being the oldest man to capture a world title. And he wants to send one of his rivals, promoter Don King, into retirement.

Hopkins, who at one time was promoted by King, had a bad falling out with the veteran promoter following the 2001 middleweight tournament final - which saw Hopkins stop Felix Trinidad in the twelfth round to unify the WBC/IBF/WBA titles.  

"Don and I are alumni of the sport.  He helped build my career.  At the end of the day, everyone he threw in front of me helped secure my legacy in the middleweight division.  I am at least 15-0 against him.  He really helped me without even knowing it," Hopkins said.

"After I beat Cloud, Don King will have to pawn his jacket [to make money], and that jacket is just as old as me. [King's] empire is on [Cloud's] shoulders. [Cloud is] the last horse.  There's no one left in the stable. [Don,] enjoy your day because after March 9, there will be a big celebration of your long lasting promotional legacy as I send you into retirement."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by deuce_drop on 01-23-2013

REMEMBER, King always had it out for Hopkins, so much so, he vowed to keep Hopkins from getting any TV Airtime, which he was successful for a good stretch until it was abundantly clear Hopkins wasn't going anywhere, because he…

Comment by BetterCallSaul on 01-23-2013

[QUOTE=v.cassiusali@ya;12942021]what if cloud dominate him like calzaghe did?[/QUOTE] Daggum - 3 - 2 - 1 ...

Comment by LacedUp on 01-23-2013

[QUOTE=Mr. Philadel;12944989]B.Hop is my all-time fav fighter..so the way I defend him on here may come across as being bias...but I'm VERY honest when it comes to him...he LOST to Dawson...no questions, I felt like he lost the second Taylor…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 01-23-2013

[QUOTE=Andrew5550;12944937]What.. That's the dumbest thing i've ever read. Just because I have a different opinion than you doesn't mean i'm biased. [B][U]Like the other fella "Mr Philidelp" or whatever it was - He has a straight honest opinion about bhop?[/U][/B]…

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 01-23-2013

Hopkins lost to Calzaghe's bum@$$. Get over it people. He didn't get beat up or nothing like that but he lost a wack@$$ 12 rd decision. As for this fight, idk, Hopkins may be in some trouble. Dude is 48yrs…

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