The fight, scheduled for July 13 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and announced Wednesday in Manhattan, will be Hopkins’ first since winning the title from Tavoris Cloud in March.
Bernard Hopkins is moving as fast as ever. The 46-year-old light heavyweight champ won a big bout in late May, will defend his title in October, and wants to fight again in January. He also would like to be the first boxing star to fight at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Usually, the older an athlete gets, the longer he lingers on the playing field, the uglier it gets. Boxers Shane Mosley and Roy Jones, Jr. and New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada come to mind.
HBO plans to give late Daily News cartoonist Bill Gallo a 10-count salute shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday night, just before the Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal WBC light heavyweight title fight gets underway in Montreal.
Bernard Hopkins, a formerly sublime fighter who had a chokehold on the middleweight division for a decade, stuffed his feet, fists, and Everlast gloves into his mouth. Again.
Appallingly, a dim light was cast upon the greatest sporting event in American history. It doesn’t catch the key demo, the ADD-addled culture carved by MTV and smoothed by its progeny. If we weren’t alive at the time, then it probably didn’t happen, and it certainly didn’t matter.
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