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Bernard Hopkins: Nobody Did It Better

By Scoop Malinowski

Bernard Hopkins is the greatest fighter I ever saw. Not the most exciting, no. But the smartest and most dedicated. Until the age of FIFTY he stayed at the world elite class level and still never took a beating. He did not possess extraordinary handspeed or punching power, Hopkins best weapon was his mind and his mental strength. He never was protected, they tried to steal his middleweight titles and make him fight all the awkward troublesome spoiler styles and yet he always came out on top. That’s how true greatness is built – by being thrown in with the best, the ugliest, the meanest, the strongest, the avoided, and see if you can handle it. Bernard always handled it and became a ring genius super champion on a level we probably will never see again. Through four decades Hopkins stayed dedicated and lived the life of a gladiator and never let himself fall out of shape. I witnessed many of his fights and press conferences where his intelligence and confidence totally psyched out several opponents long before the first bell. Good solid unbeaten confident prime fighters too. Bernard Hopkins is the greatest all around fighter I ever saw and it was a great privilege and career highlight to be a part of the sport to cover this amazing (yet still unsung and misunderstood) iconic figure who deserves to have a big budget Hollywood movie produced about his life and career. Thank you Bernard Hopkins, nobody in the history of boxing ever did it better. And mark my words, nobody ever will.

Turned pro: 1988

Retired: 2016

Final Record: 55-8-2 (32 KOs)

About Scoop Malinowski

Author of six books including "Muhammad Ali: Portrait of a Champion" and "Heavyweight Armageddon: The Lewis versus Tyson Championship Battle" available at amazon