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Hopkins Discusses The Possibility of a Year-End Return

By Rick Reeno

Former two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2-2, 32KOs), 47-years-old, is ready and willing to entertain the possibility of fighting, likely for the last time, before the year is out. Hopkins last fought on April 28th, losing a twelve round majority decision to Chad Dawson.

Hopkins spoke to BoxingScene.com and explained his position on a possible year-end swan song.

BoxingScene.com: In the last few months, your name has been linked to [WBO champion] Nathan Cleverly and [WBA champion] Beibut Shumenov. Are those two fights meaningful enough for you to return to the ring?

Hopkins: Yes, only if everything is respectful....to the point where I'm not trying to clean the bank out when I leave, but I feel that I have more to lose when I step in the ring with any of those guys wearing a light heavyweight championship, even those two guys [Jean] Pascal and [Tavoris] Cloud who are fighting on Showtime in Montreal, on August 11th.

I think that at the end I have a fight or two, but mainly one fight left in me. I don't want to go into years and years of trying to come up with a reason why I should fight, other than if I was going to fight or I am going to fight, before this year is out, things have to get moving but it has to be right - and that means respect for my legacy and my name and what I bring to the table. And then last but not least, it has to be a meaningful threat of a person to make me mentally and physically ready to be able to fight and not just come up there for a paycheck.

BoxingScene.com: But obviously the money has to be right in order to get a Hopkins fight.

Hopkins: When you do these things, it becomes an event. And to have an event wrapped around that, when you're coming to see something for the last time, a big situation, maybe breaking my own record [of being the oldest boxer to win a world title] by winning a title or attempting to win a title - that would be something where people will say 'for whatever reason, like or dislike' - for every reason they will watch the TV and they will come to the fight.

At 47, and closely approaching 48 in less than six months from now - whether I want to or not - the time is here. It's just a biological clock and time of something becoming an event. And I never want to put myself in there to become a clown show or a circus act. I've seen too many legends do that in a lot of sports and I won't be part of that game. At the end of the day, I don't need boxing to pay my bills.

BoxingScene.com: In other words, as long as the terms are right we might see you enter the ring before the year is out.

Hopkins: I can fight a person right now, without getting in to it, for a million dollars. But what's a million dollars going to do for me, gross and then net? That was eight years ago. That was nine years ago. That's going backwards. A million dollars doesn't change my life. It don't. Money is money but it's not going to change my life. What is it going to do? Am I saying that I need something that will change my life? No, what I'm saying is that I need [something that reflects] what I bring to the table and the respect of my legacy. You beat me, you become a hero...I beat you and you become another victim.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Light_Speed on 07-23-2012

He should fight Cleverly in Wales and take another young fighter's O along with his belt. Then he'll probably talk sh[COLOR="Black"]i[/COLOR]t to Calzaghe who would be ringside...

Comment by Ray Corso on 07-23-2012

I know the opponent would be a safe one but honestly you've been a BORE for years!!! Go Away!!

Comment by bbwoof2000 on 07-23-2012

[B]BHop, like Roy Jones, should just call it a day and retire already. But they won't do that because they're going to milk the boxing public for every dollar they can. They're no longer significant fighters. They're old and cannot…

Comment by yoz on 07-23-2012

retire, please!

Comment by ABOSWORTH on 07-23-2012

[QUOTE=Jack Napier;12364157]Cloud will beat Pascal Hopkins should jump on that fight he can take Cloud and get 1 last belt good fight and a fitting close to his career[/QUOTE] I could definitely see him taking Cloud to school. I'm not…

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