For Bernard Hopkins, boxing has not been kind as of lately. In his last 4 fights, a draw, one victory, one no contest and one defeat have been added to his resume.
Hopkinsis a very peculiar fighter to watch: he is boring yet absolutely stunning with his technical ability and ring IQ. He is one of those fighters that you can never count out no matter what, and it’s hard to imagine Bernard being an obvious underdog. We have all seen Hopkins impress the boxing public over and over, but as of lately, he has been on a down spiral as far as his results are concerned.
Of course getting back to the top is not impossible, and for Hopkins, it might take less time than most would anticipate.
According to RingTV, his next opponent is going to be Tavoris Cloud (24-0-0), and unbeaten light heavyweight with a 79% knockout rate.
“Assuming the IBF will grant permission and will sanction the fight for the IBF world title, it would be Bernard Hopkins versus Tavoris Cloud,” said Richard Schaefer.
A dominating performance against a much younger Cloud would no doubt bump Hopkins’s stock in the boxing community, and would likely pave the path for a bigger purse bout. Technically, there is a lot more to gain for Hopkins than for Cloud in this fight. For Cloud, beating Hopkins would be beating an old past-his-prime former champion. But for Bernard, a victory over and unbeaten younger fighter would be an achievement in most critics’ eyes.
Where could this potentially lead? I don’t know, but looking past Cloud, something as crazy as Andre Ward seems feasible.
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