Acclaimed as one of the great middleweight champions of all time and destined for election into Boxing’s Hall of Fame, Bernard Hopkins has enjoyed a phenomenal ring career. The September 2011 issue of The Ring named him as their No. 3 choice for the "10 best middleweight title holders of the last 50 years."
Since March 2015, Hopkins has served as an expert commentator on HBO’s World Championship Boxing series. Nicknamed the “Executioner” for the way he dispatches opponents and how he enters the ring before fights, the Philadelphia native has a well-earned reputation as one of the sport’s more intelligent boxers. His professional record now stands at 55-7-2 with 32 KOs. Hopkins is also seen regularly as a guest panelist on HBO’s The Fight Game with Jim Lampley.
He was named the 2001 “Fighter of the Year” by the BWAA, The Ring, and the World Boxing Hall of Fame and awarded with the Edward J. Neil Memorial Trophy all in the same year. He also took home an ESPY for “Best Fighter” in 2005. Hopkins made international headlines in 2011 when he became the oldest man ever to win a world championship title, surpassing George Foreman. His May 21, 2011 victory over Jean Pascal at the age of 46 was a landmark moment in the sport. Hopkins later broke his own record two years later by winning a 160-pound title from Travis Cloud in 2013. His title unification win over Beibut Shumenov in 2014 took place at the age of 49.
Among the many opponents he has gone toe-to-toe with during a stellar career in which he met challenges head-on are Oscar de la Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Joe Calzaghe, Chad Dawson, Jean Pascal, Winky Wright, Kelly Pavlik, Antonio Tarver and Sergey Kovalev.