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Naazim: Bernard Hopkins Should Only Fight Champions

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

Trainer Naazim Richardson believes IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32KOs) should only face fighters who are champions from this point forward. Hopkins, at age 48, made history on Saturday night by breaking his own record as the oldest boxer to capture a major world championship. He won a twelve round decision over Tavoris Cloud to grab the IBF belt at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Even Richardson can't believe Hopkins is still going at this point, and admits he advised Hopkins to retire after the 2006 victory over Antonio Tarver.

"I told him to retire after the Tarver fight, not because I didn't think he had anything left. But because it was such a big fight, and he was on a big high and he was so doubted in the fight - that I thought anybody retiring on top would be called 'The B-Hop' after that. But he's still writing the book. The chapters are still being written and the ink is not dry," Richardson said to BoxingScene.com.

"I don't think he should fight anybody who is not a world champion. And I feel that if he unifies the title at this age, they should wave the five year [requirement] and induct him into the Hall of Fame right now."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by I Love Jesus! on 03-11-2013

[QUOTE=HangOver;13134224]Since Bernard Hopkins refuses to fight Andre Ward, he should fight Chad Dawson in a rematch, that is if Hopkins thinks he can beat Chad in the 3rd fight. Ward has cleaned out 168, so I think he could move…

Comment by HangOver on 03-11-2013

Since Bernard Hopkins refuses to fight Andre Ward, he should fight Chad Dawson in a rematch, that is if Hopkins thinks he can beat Chad in the 3rd fight. [QUOTE=uniquehump;13134212]I guess people want B-Hop to move down to 168 to…

Comment by uniquehump on 03-11-2013

I guess people want B-Hop to move down to 168 to fight Ward? If a younger fighter such as Dawson can move down and be weight drained, what do ya'll think would happen to a 48 year old fighter. B-hop…

Comment by Cupo303 on 03-11-2013

[QUOTE=kingfaze19;13132634]FIGHT ANDRE WARD or retire. hopkins looking really shooked right now, his kryptonite is a boxer with fast hands so he pulling out the ''we're friends'' card to avoid ward, this is sickening. i respect bhop way too much but…

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 03-11-2013

Bernard is great but naazim is bugging out with that hall of fame suggestion he made.

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