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Hopkins: Too Soon to Ask About Me Fighting Again

by David P. Greisman

Given that Bernard Hopkins had just gone 12 rounds with the hard-punching Sergey Kovalev, taking heavy shots, getting knocked down once and losing a shutout decision, it was premature to ask him about returning to the ring once more.

Never mind that he’s nearly 50 years old in a sport where fighters tend to be retired at least a decade sooner.

But the question was asked, and the names of middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin and 168-pounder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. were floated.

“Asking me to fight right now is just like asking a woman who was in hours of labor if she would have another baby,” Hopkins responded at the post-fight press conference.

Earlier in the evening, he had said that it was uncertain whether he would fight again.

“It’s 50-50 right now,” Hopkins said. “I don’t really want to say anything. Everyone will have a long time to talk about my career. It’s 50-50 right now. It’s been 50-50 for the last nine years.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by have_not on 11-09-2014

Kovalev said to bhop if he chooses to continue to fight he should fight stevenson and that's a fight hopkins can win

Comment by jas on 11-09-2014

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;15087774]He should retire. He looked really weak in there against Kovalev and he clearly can't pull the trigger like he used to. The only way I see a comeback for him is if Stevenson chokes against whatever bum…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 11-09-2014

He should retire. He looked really weak in there against Kovalev and he clearly can't pull the trigger like he used to. The only way I see a comeback for him is if Stevenson chokes against whatever bum they're lining…

Comment by jas on 11-09-2014

unmatched discipline . extraordinary mental strength match him with julio cesar chavez which is a very winnable fight so he can go out on a win in a big ppv fight . bernard doesnt have his legs like he used…

Comment by TRTboy on 11-09-2014

He should retire. His legacy is cemented. It will be hard to top what bhop has done at 49 years old. Personally I don't want him to give stevenson a payday and a opportunity to get a win over bernard…

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