46-year old Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2) won a unanimous decision over Jean Paschal (26-2-1) to win the WBC light heavyweight title last night in Canada. After the fight, Hopkins said that he wants to fight until he’s 50 years old and I don’t think he’s just blowing smoke. He has kept himself in outstanding shape and he has picked his fights wisely, fighting only 8 times in his last six years to save wear and tear on his body. He hasn’t been fighting stiffs either as he has beaten Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright, Kelly Pavlik and Roy Jones during those last six years. Only two fighters (Jermain Taylor and Joe Calzaghe) have fought Hopkins and have not lost at least once to him. Hopkins is one of the best fighters in the history of boxing without a doubt and he’s a physical marvel as he had no problem mixing it up with Jean Paschal last night. Hopkins’ next fight will be against Chad Dawson (30-1) who won on the undercard last night. It’s going to be a challenge for Hopkins, but I have quit doubting him……as he constantly makes me look bad when I do.
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