At 48, Hopkins plans to keep on fighting
MANILA, Philippines – Bernard Hopkins, who at 48 became the oldest world champion in the history of boxing after beating Tavoris Cloud in Brooklyn, has no plans of hanging up his gloves just yet.
Hopkins outworked Cloud over 12 rounds to win via unanimous decision, 116-112, 116-112 and 117-111.
“This feels great. It does feel incredible. I was ready and prepared tonight,” Hopkins said, as quoted by ESPN.com. “I found my heart and soul in that ring.”
“I have never taken a shortcut or compromised my integrity in the sport.”
It was Hopkins' first win since beating Jean Pascal in May 2011 to win the WBC, IBO and The RING light-heavyweight belts.
When Hopkins was 46, he broke George Foreman’s record as the oldest man to win a major world title.
After beating his own record against Cloud, Hopkins said he has no plans to retire yet.
“Tonight means a lot to me, but I think it means more to everyone else, because I don’t plan on going anywhere,” Hopkins said.
“I’ll stop when I want to stop. And after tonight, I don’t think people want me to stop, either,” he added.
Hopkins, who has won titles at middleweight, super middleweight and at light-heavyweight, turned professional in October 1988.
He has compiled a record of 53 wins, six losses, two draws and two no contests, with 32 victories coming by knockout.