At age 48, Hopkins Looks To Break His Own Record Against Cloud


Future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins was born 48 years ago today, and in celebration he will continue his record-setting career on Saturday, March 9 by facing undefeated IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloudat Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a bout which will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.


“Today is my 48th birthday and I feel half my age, so Cloud had better be ready” said Hopkins, who will be participating in his 29th world championship fight and if he is victorious will break his own record as the oldest fighter in history to win a world title. “People can say what they want.  I have broken records, quieted doubters and solidified my legacy.  Now, I am going to do all of that again, but this time at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn in front of a large crowd of people that understand and appreciate the sport.”
“This will be the last supper for Bernard Hopkins,” said Cloud, the 30-year old pugilist who will be making the fifth defense of his IBF Light Heavyweight Title which he has held since in 2009. “I will retain my IBF Light Heavyweight World Title.”


“Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Bernard Hopkins continues to amaze me and I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do next at Barclays Center in March,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Tavoris Cloud is a tough test and a proud champion and with his aggressive style and power, he’s going to push Bernard like never before.”


“This is a history-making fight,” said Don King, President of Don King Productions. “I made history with a guy from Brooklyn by the name of Mike Tyson. Now I have a mini-Mike Tyson in undefeated IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Tavoris Cloud who will fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on March 9.  It will be an exciting evening.”


“Bernard Hopkins is one of the most legendary boxers in the sport and we are delighted to have him fight at Barclays Center against a powerful champion such as Tavoris Cloud,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said. “We’re excited to bring this great bout to Brooklyn to headline our third boxing event at Barclays Center. There’s no doubt that major championship boxing has returned to the borough in a big way.”


“Bernard Hopkins is a historic figure in the sport of boxing and we’re delighted to present his quest for another world title against Tavoris Cloud live on HBO World Championship Boxing,” said Kery Davis, Senior Vice President of Programming of HBO Sports. “Bernard not only connects with boxing fans, but sports fans around the world and you can count on him delivering.  This will be a terrific showdown and we’re excited to be televising our first event from the sparkling new Barclays Center.”


Hopkins vs. Cloud, a 12-round fight for Cloud’s IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship will take place Saturday, March 9 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don King Productions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.


Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $80, $50 and $25, go on sale on Saturday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will be available for purchase at,, the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 800-745-3000.


One of the most compelling figures in boxing history, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO’s) is also one of the greatest fighters ever. The longest reigning middleweight champion ever with 20 successful title defenses over the course of his 10-year reign including his history-making victory over Felix “Tito” Trinidad to win the Don King-promoted Middleweight World Championship Series on a memorable post-9/11 night in New York City on September 29, 2001. The pride of Philadelphia has also proven there is life after 40 as light heavyweight world champion with his wins over Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright, Kelly Pavlik and Roy Jones Jr. In May of 2011, he made history again by defeating Jean Pascal for the WBC Light Heavyweight World Title, becoming the oldest fighter (48 years, 54 days) to win a world championship. On March 9, he will attempt to rule the 175-pound weight class once again by beating Cloud and breaking his current world record.

Previous articleKovalev Looks To Stay Impressive On NBC’s Fight Night Against Campillo
Next articleGolden Boy Happy To Return To Atlantic City With Broner-Rees, Mitchell-Banks 2
The team at set out with a mission to create an online environment focused on boxing that voiced the opinions, concerns, and attitudes of you, the people. Doing our best to bring you the answers you want to know, and getting the exclusives that those other guys cant. We are always working hard to get the inside scoop inside and outside of the ring. If it’s happening in Boxing, we will tell you about it! You can find us at the fights all over the place with our nationwide team of correspondents, and wide reach around the globe we have the tools and the team to bring you coverage from all the fights. Whether it is in a gym in Jersey or on the floor at MGM Grand. No fight to big or small for Tha Boxing Voice. Our experienced team combined has over 50+ years of boxing experience to bring to the table. Some of us growing up ringside, some of us growing up in the ring, no matter the situation we are all true boxing fans first and reporters second. This can be found evident on our twice-weekly podcast. We work hard to bring you interviews that answer your questions and guest who will spark your interest from all areas of the boxing world. Writers, Trainers, Promoters and the most relevant fighters before and after some of their biggest fights. We are working 24/7 to get the information to you, the listeners. We work to form a personal relationship with our listeners and our guests making our show more intimate and giving a raw, uncut and real aspect that you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere. We are Tha Boxing Voice, The Voice of you, The People. Follow @boxingvoiceshow