“One last hurrah.” That’s a thought that goes through every fighters mind before retirement. All of the greats want to have one last victory notch in their belt before they hang up the gloves, especially if they lost their last bout. Some fighters fight for too long so that last victory from a fans perspective is meaningless especially if it against a lesser fighter that we never heard of. To the fighter, that victory could mean more than any world title. It’s an exclamation mark or a stroke of the ego. For Bernard “The Executioner/The Alien” Hopkins, it’s about celebrating his career.
In an article on BoxingScene.com, Hopkins stated that for his last fight he would love to face an undefeated light heavyweight fighter that would be a credible opponent, not going the Roy Jones Jr. route with easy fights. There are not many options out there for Hopkins though.
Hopkins is unwilling to work with Bob Arum and Top Rank Promotions and the top undefeated fighters in the light heavyweight division are Sergey Kovalev, whom Hopkins fought back in 2014, and Andre Ward. Kovalev and Ward are slated to take on each other in October and unless they fight to a draw, Hopkins options are limited.
Should the undefeated stipulation fade away for Hopkins then there are plenty of possibilities that open up for him. Adonis Stevenson can’t seem to land a top five opponent in the division due to switching networks and Joe Smith Jr. is looking pretty hot after stopping Andrzej Fonfara. Sullivan Barrera has even thrown his name in the mix to fight Hopkins and threw an insult Hopkins way to try and bait him.
“Bernard Hopkins, I hear you [are looking] for a good fight? Let’s rumble old man,” stated Barrera via Twitter.
Barrera has been having issues landing a fight. He is currently training to stay in fighting shape and is hoping that his phone will ring with opportunity. His last fight took place in March of this year against Andre Ward and Ward won a wide unanimous decision. Barrera needs a return fight that will get his name out there and further his career and should Hopkins accept his challenge, He could have a shot against an older Hopkins that has been absent from the game for almost two years.