Future Hall of Fame boxer Bernard Hopkins made sports history on Saturday night when he shocked the world and took down IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud. At 48-years-old, Hopkins became the older man to ever win a title in sports.
It was a win that meant a lot of Hopkins. Not only did he overcome many obstacles to take down Cloud, but he took down his former promoter Don King’s top fighter.
“(Trainer) Naazim (Richardson) told me what to do, I stuck to the gameplan, it was trying to throw combination punches, and throw them often,” Hopkins said.
“The 40-and-up club is still good, this proves if you live clean you can win. I tried to throw four and five punches that I normally don’t throw. Cloud is a gutsy, strong young champion, but I have a history of destroying young champions. This feels great. I get to retire Don King. That was Don King’s last fighter and I beat him.”
Hopkins won the 12-round bout by decision taking the bout on all of the judges scorecards.
Judges John Poturaj and John Stewart scored the fight 116-112 in Hopkins’ favor, while judge Tom Schreck had it 117-111 for the new champion.
Here are highlights from Hopkins historic performance:
Congratulations to Hopkins for defying all odds and making sports history.