He’s still relevant, as evidenced by the cluster of fans and reporters, and people wanting selfless with him at Gleason’s Gym on Wednesday afternoon. As evidenced that the first story I file from the Wednesday media workout session at Gleason’s is about him…Bernard Hopkins still has it.

There is still interest in him, that is clear; that hasn’t diminished with his loss to Russian masher Sergey Kovalev on Nov. 8. The soon to be 50 year old future no brainer Hall of Famer held court at the fabled gym, and made it clear that he’s not going to go out that way, losing every round to a young buck. He told me he realizes that he’s now motivating all people 40 and up, people who maybe didn’t reach their potential, and he’s not done doing that.

Hopkins said that he will make a decision over the next three weeks or so, and hinted that he’d make an “I’m not done” announcement at or around his birthday, Jan. 15. There will be a gala, with about 250 invites going out, and wouldn’t it be something, he said, for him to announce that he will fight on, and against another heavy-duty test.

Like who?

The fighter said that he craves the big stage, the sternest tests, and admitted it would be hard to get up for a B grade guy, and he’s psyched up to prove em wrong again. Also, he allowed, maybe he won’t be able to do it. But he believes wholeheartedly that he will know in the gym that he cant’ get ‘er done and that will likely prevent a sad outing, in which the brutal truth is pummeled into him.

“I would like to see you fight again,” I told B-Hop straight up.

“I’m gonna say this, because I respect you,” he told me, and, detecting a raised eyebrow, said, “I do, I do.” (LOL, btw, I love listening and occasionally disagreeing with Hopkins and doing some mild sparring.)

“When I fight again…if it’s not for the right reasons, I won’t,” he stated, as many of the boxers on the Saturday Golden Boy show at Barclays Center worked out, and chatted with media. “Who I will fight makes a big, big difference in my decision-making, because I’m not gonna ever put myself in a position to be a circus act.”

“Or a steppingstone,” I offered.

“Exactly. Whatever decision I make berween now and the first of the year, it will be a fight that people will say, like they said with the Sergey fight, ‘He’s fighting him!?’ I want that, I need that.”

The name Gennady Golovkin came up once, then twice…And would Hopkins be the massive underdog, if that catchweight fight were to be made? Yes. Would that put him off? Not in the least, because he gets off on that sort of challenge. Do I think it prudent? Maybe not. Do I believe it his Hopkins’ right to go that route? I do. Would I bet against him? I said I never would after he beat Kelly Pavlik. Would HBO put that fight on? I suspect so. Would there be a single person to like Hopkins to beat Golovkin? Nobody not named Hopkins. And would he LOVE THAT? He would.

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COMMENTS

-Froggy :

Lets just all hope that somewhere down the line we don't all think he should have kept his promise to his mother !


-thegreyman :

Terrible article.


-amayseng :

No Bhop don't do it...GGG is a programmed machine killer. Go for Stevenson, for one you wont have to drop weight and secondly you will win that fight and a legit belt.


-The Shadow :

Terrible article.
Why do you say that?


-the Roast :

Not much for 3G to gain by fighting B-Hop at this point. Hop has already been shutout by Kovalev while hiding behind his best defensive moves throwing 12 punches per round. Once GGG lands something hard Hopkinzzz will go all defense to survive again. What weight would they even fight at? Hop coming down? 3G going up? Not worth the trouble for GGG. Hop should fight Stevenson or retire.


-brownsugar :

Agreed, by Hopkins fighting the volume punching GGG he becomes the very circus he wants to avoid. Either way we will probably see Bhop at least one more time... Its not my business what he does with his life but how can an athlete who participates in an individual sport be fulfilled knowing he'll be relegated to the #2 or #3 spot at best? Its not like he needs to fight. Mature men need to learn how to adapt to their age.


-Skibbz :

He wants to put on another show similar to his last.. It's great for Bernard that he still can get up and work for the hardest challenges but he's sort of scrambling for the coins at this stage... Maybe he could go the WBU route like Roy... Hopkins Jones III?


-Yiddle :

There's no reason now for Golovkin to want this fight . Is Hopkins still relevant yes but not to Golovkin , the manner in which Hopkins was dominated by kovalev puts Hopkins off golovkin's radar .


-stormcentre :

The Hopkins fight for 3G would probably be worthwhile from a financial standpoint. That's about it though. Now that we know how Bernard (justifiably and admirably; considering his age and wear/tear) responds to being hit cleanly and hard; ah la Kovalev . . . . . It's not a stretch of the imagination to envisage Hopkins getting sparked out by Gennady. Particularly considering how; a) Bernard's legs aren't what they used to be, so he won't be running/sailing away from 3G too easily. b) Hard Gennady Golovkin hits and lands. Me thinks that Bernard - when publicly playing with the idea of this fight - was expecting that he would dictate contractual terms, particularly those related to weight, and as such that would allow him to come in as the heavier/bigger guy. It wouldn't be the first time Bernard has done that. As he had been fighting as a fully blown middleweight for quite some time when he fought Trinidad, Oscar, and perhaps some others . . whom really were, at best, light middleweights that had only recently moved up from welterweight at the time Hopkins devoured them.


-Domenic :

The non-hardcore boxing public has a very short memory, borderline amnesia, so it's a fight that could be packaged and sold easily. Hopkins would have no chance; it would boil down to an over/under fight. BH would be in a defensive shell from the ring walk. Golovkin's accuracy, power, quickness, and relentless pressure would end it in 4 or 5. It would be a one-sided massacre, worse than the SK fight. Hopkins' alternative is Stevenson, as he's a guy that BH can presumably lull into a single digit per round punch output and essentially try and outland him 7 to 5 and win on points in a sleepy affair. From a consumer standpoint, neither interests me at this point. Throw BH in with a ceremonial soft touch in Philadelphia, a guy he can even stop, collect another check, break out the Joe Frazier statue, parade out some former opponents, and call it a day.


-brownsugar :

The non-hardcore boxing public has a very short memory, borderline amnesia, so it's a fight that could be packaged and sold easily. Hopkins would have no chance; it would boil down to an over/under fight. BH would be in a defensive shell from the ring walk. Golovkin's accuracy, power, quickness, and relentless pressure would end it in 4 or 5. It would be a one-sided massacre, worse than the SK fight. Hopkins' alternative is Stevenson, as he's a guy that BH can presumably lull into a single digit per round punch output and essentially try and outland him 7 to 5 and win on points in a sleepy affair. From a consumer standpoint, neither interests me at this point. Throw BH in with a ceremonial soft touch in Philadelphia, a guy he can even stop, collect another check, break out the Joe Frazier statue, parade out some former opponents, and call it a day.
One of your best posts ever.


-The Commish :

Lets just all hope that somewhere down the line we don't all think he should have kept his promise to his mother !
Well said, Froggy, well said. Boxing history shows far too many examples of boxing legends taking one too many fights. In the case of B-Hop, it would be TWO too many fights. -Randy G.


-Froggy :

Thanks Randy G !