Hopkins down but not out, yet
PHILADELPHIA: Bernard Hopkins will return to the ring despite suffering a crushing defeat over the weekend to Russian Sergey Kovalev, the 49year-old former champion said.
Hopkins, who failed to win a round on any of the three judges’ scorecards in the lightheavyweight title unification bout, ended speculation of his retirement by saying he will fight “one more time”.
“Who will I fight? I don’t know,” Hopkins said. “But it will be somebody I will be an underdog against because I want to be the underdog.
“If this is the last time I’m going into the ring, I will not cheat myself. It will not be a freak show. I will never shortchange myself and my dignity.”
Hopkins, who defended the middleweight title a record 20 times from 1995 to 2005 and has never been knocked out, was floored Saturday in the first round by Kovalev, a fighter 18 years his junior.
But the fighter known as The Executioner was back in the gym on Monday. “Physically, if you see me today, you’d think I didn’t have a fight (on Saturday),” he said. – Reuters