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George Foreman Warns Hopkins: Retire Now, Make Grills

By TMZ

The legendary George Foreman tells TMZ Sports he has a message for Bernard Hopkins -- HANG 'EM UP ... while you still have your health.

Foreman -- who famously fought until he was 48-years-old -- says he was incredibly impressed with 49-year-old B-Hop's commanding victory over Beibut Shumenov this weekend ... but cautions, "Don't tempt fate."

"I fought all the way until I was about 50," Foreman says ... "Around my 56th birthday, I was gonna come back. I saw a path to the heavyweight championship. My wife said, 'you're not gonna do it.' We all need someone like that. It was the best thing that could've happened to me."

Foreman adds, "Leave while you can. When the curtain closes, you don't want to be laying on your back in the middle of the ring."

When asked what he would say to Hopkins, Foreman told us, "Bernard, you looked great! Fantastic! Isn't that the way you wanna go out? You looked unbeatable, now leave."

"I think Muhammad Ali would say the same thing. Get out and smell the roses."

"There's life after boxing," George says ... joking, "If he makes a Bernard Hopkins Grill, I'll have all my kids buy one! I have 10 kids, 10 grandkids, and 2 great grandchildren. He can make a lot of money just off us!"

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by paulf on 04-24-2014

I ****ing love George Foreman! Haha!

Comment by SaldanaCC on 04-24-2014

Everybody knows up until stevenson and kovalev came on the scene last yr nobody pays attention to 160 and up period all u got is ward,b-hop,and the klit brothers which are too big for ward and b hop plus b…

Comment by sugarsmosley_ on 04-23-2014

lol this made me laugh, big george is the fcking man. if any1 knows how to make grills its george

Comment by Bushidō on 04-23-2014

[QUOTE=CLUNG3-TANK;14458115][IMG]http://i57.tinypic.com/2e5tt00.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] Dope. Hopkins doesn't rely on speed really. More craft/technique and outsmarting his opponent. I think he should fight Stevenson and just retire after.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-23-2014

How can you not like Big George. Always a clever line or two, always a positive message. We need more like him in and around the sport.

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