Hopkins' Trainer Could See Him Retire Without Final Fight

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former middleweight and light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32KOs) turns 51-years-old on January 15th. He's been inactive since losing a twelve round decision in his unification with Sergey Kovalev in November of 2014.

Hopkins wanted to have a final fight, at super middleweight, hopefully for a world title.

The veteran had never fought at 168-pounds as he jumped two weight divisions when he left 160 and went directly to 175.


Hopkins was gunning for a crack at WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, but the German beltholder was ordered to make a mandatory defense against Gilberto Ramirez and that fight is currently being negotiated. He then wanted WBA champion Fedor Chudinov, who also got ordered to make a mandatory defense against Felix Sturm.

The options are running dry for Hopkins, and so is time.

His trainer, Naazim Richardson, could easily see his boxer retire from sport without a final fight taking place.

"Yeah, the guy’s got nothing to prove. There’s nothing he hasn’t done in the sport except for lose disastrously, that’s the only thing he hasn’t done in the sport. Even when it was written that it should happen with the punching sensation Kovalev in front of him," Naazim said.

Naazim then explained what he meant with respect to Kovalev.

"Sometimes Bernard’s own brilliance does him harm, and that was the case in the Kovalev fight. Bernard is such an intellect in the ring, and Kovalev proved to me his intellect. Bernard said, “How can the teacher teach you how to pass the test and he failed the test?” talking about John David Jackson," Naazim told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

"What Bernard didn’t bank on is that Kovalev looked at him a certain way — and I didn’t know what that look meant at the time, but I did come fight time — he was respecting what Bernard said. If you look at the fight, everything that John David Jackson told him in the corner, Kovalev went totally against. John told him to go in there and throw punches and knock him out, and Kovalev said, 'I’m not going in there,' because he didn’t trust his teacher that night."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SUBZER0ED on 01-07-2016

Being 50 years old and soundly beaten by Kovalev should be final enough. No need to linger until he really gets hurt or humiliated. An old champion doesn't need to continue to fight way past his prime to prove that…

Comment by Lou Cipher on 01-07-2016

[QUOTE=LarryXXX;16376070]you are full of sh1t.....[/QUOTE] Uh huh. :loser:

Comment by larryxxx.. on 01-07-2016

[QUOTE=Lou Cipher;16376066][SIZE="4"]Not giving you my name you dingleberry LOL [/SIZE]my boxrec is missing two fights anyway and mistakenly lists an SD "loss" as an MD it also has my nickname wrong. Why the gym? It would take maybe 5 minutes…

Comment by Lou Cipher on 01-07-2016

[QUOTE=LarryXXX;16376032]you said you fought a link to your boxrec,what gym did you fight out of?[/QUOTE] Not giving you my name you dingleberry LOL my boxrec is missing two fights anyway and mistakenly lists an SD "loss" as an MD…

Comment by larryxxx.. on 01-07-2016

[QUOTE=Lou Cipher;16376015]Ah OK that's what youre getting at. Can't help you there. If it makes you feel like less of a bean fart to convince yourself that Lou Cipher has never fought, so be it. But when you go to…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (27)
Top Headlines Arum: I Have To Sit With Pacquiao, Talk Face To Face on Future Mikey Garcia: I'm at More of a Disadvantage at 140 Video: Jaime Munguia Talks Smith Win, Plans For The Future Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith - CompuBox Punch Stats WBC Prez: Uysk, Gassiev Will Both Find Success at Heavyweight Naoya Inoue: The WBSS Presents a Real Challenge For Me Denis Lebedev May Push For Mandatory Shot at Usyk Cecilia Braekhus Very Pleased With Dominant Win in Moscow British Boxers Arrested in Connection To Alleged Gang Rape Gassiev: Usyk Showed I Need More Work, I'll Return Stronger Photos: Jean Pascal Dominates, Batters, Stops Steve Bosse Eddie Hearn: Talks For Bellew-Usyk Fight to Start This Week Mykquan Williams, Hurshidbek Normatov, Lennox Allen Win Munguia: Smith Can Take a Punch, I Gained A lot of Experience Alberto Machado: I Want Francisco Vargas Next! Photos: Jaime Munguia Powers Past Liam Smith- MEGA Gallery Photos: Usyk Schools Gassiev To Unify Cruiserweight Division Photos: Alberto Machado Decks, Dominates Mensah To Retain Liam Smith: Munguia is Not a Much Better Fighter Than Me Vivian Harris Gets Revenge on DeMarcus Corley in Rematch Floyd Mayweather Snaps - Goes Bonkers on 50 Cent Amir Khan: I Respect Pacquiao - But I Know I Can Beat Him! Nathan Gorman: I'm The One To Beat Daniel Dubois! Boxing is Still in Doubt For 2020 Olympic Games Jaime Munguia Drops, Punishes Liam Smith For Decision Win Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Alberto Machado Drops, Decisions Mensah To Retain Title Gassiev Has No Excuses, Gives Full Praise To Usyk Machado vs. Mensah - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Munguia: High Possibility Smith Fight Ends in a Knockout Usyk vs. Gassiev - CompuBox Punch Stats Jaime Munguia vs. Liam Smith - LIVE Results From Las Vegas Usyk: If Bellew Won't Come Down - I'll Face Him at Heavyweight Usyk Dominates Gassiev To Unify WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF Titles Usyk vs. Gassiev - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Video: Freddie Roach on Pacquiao-Loma, Canelo-GGG, More Video: Liam Smith Talks Pacquiao-Khan, Canelo, Khan-Brook Video: Jaime Munguia Talks Golovkin, Canelo, Charlo, More Cecilia Braekhus Dominates Inna Sagaydakovskaya Over Ten Fedor Chudinov Wins Controversial Decision Over Mohammedi

Latest Active Forum Threads