At the age of 47, legendary boxer Bernard Hopkins stepped into the ring Saturday night to defend the WBC and Ring Magazine Titles against Chad Dawson. Hopkins fought valiantly, but in the end, Hopkins was a step slower than Dawson, and two of the three judges felt Dawson won the fight to capture the titles from Hopkins.
Hopkins was hesitant to say he would retire after the fight, and was very complimentary of his opponent. “I thought it was closer than the other judges had it. I believe there are a lot of people out there that won’t fight me. I think I would be a great mentor and teacher if I choose to go that way. I don’t feel like I embarrassed myself. Right now, I can’t tell you either way. He fought a hell of a fight. I hope he represents it the way I represented it. At the end of the day the fans got what they wanted to see.”
Chad Dawson praised his opponent after the bout. “The guy is 47 but fights like he’s 35. We knew Bernard was a tricky fighter. He picks his punches very good. He doesn’t waste any energy. I knew if I made one mistake he was going to pick up on it. I give him all the credit in the world. He’s an intelligent guy in the ring. I didn’t see any intimidation in his eyes. I’m just pleased to say I’ve been in the ring with him. I didn’t see him get tired once in the fight.”
While there doesn’t appear to be an obvious fight out there for Bernard Hopkins, the 47-year old has shown that he can still compete. Whether he gets motivated for another fight, only time will tell. One thing we know for certain: Father Time is undefeated, and even someone who has held him off for over 47 years will lose eventually.