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Bernard Hopkins Jr. is a retired American professional boxer who fought between 1988 and 2016. Between 2001 and 2005, he held the unbeaten middleweight title, and from 2011 to 2012, he held the lineal light heavyweight title. As one of the most successful boxers over the past three decades, he has won multiple world championships in two weight classes. His first win as a world champion came against Robert Allen in 1995, when Hopkins won the vacant IBF middleweight title. Hopkins defended his title twenty times against 17 opponents, winning 19 of them.
In 1988: He made his professional boxing debut, losing to Clinton Mitchell in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In 1995: Hopkins won a professional knockout victory in the seventh round at Landover, Maryland, and the IBF immediately demanded a rematch.
In 2001: Hopkins defeated Keith Holmes in New York City by a unanimous decision.
In 2004: Hopkins was invited to join Golden Boy Promotions' new East Coast branch as president by de la Hoya.
In 2015: Hopkins again challenged Carl Froch, saying he would like to engage in a last bout, but Froch rejected the proposal, calling it a "lose-lose situation."
Achievements and Awards:
In 2011: After tumbling to the canvas and injuring his shoulder, Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) stopped fighting Chad Dawson in Round 2.
In 2013: At age 48, he broke that mark once more and won the IBF Light Heavyweight Title.
In 2014: Hopkins became the oldest boxer to unify major titles when he won the WBA light heavyweight title through a split decision against Beibut Shumenov.
Prior to matches, Hopkins has a history of criticising numerous fighters. He is among the top industry trash talkers.
Many great fighters seem to hit a wall as they age and their skills slowly decline, but Hopkins displays many of the same attributes that made him so successful.
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