Hopkins, Shumenov both looking to make history on April 19
- Updated: March 16, 2014
It really should not be surprising anymore, but at the age of 49, Bernard Hopkins is still at it. The IBF light heavyweight champion will step back into the ring on April 19 in Washington, D.C. to take on Beibut Shumenov.
Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Karo Murat. Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO) last fought on the Broner-Maidana undercard and smoked Tamas Kovacs, dropping him in each of the first three rounds before forcing the fight to be stopped in the third round.
There’s no question that what Hopkins is doing at his age is historic. In fact, he is the first one to tell you about it.
“Look at your age and look at mine. You want to risk this being done again, that you’ll be living to witness it?” Hopkins said. “That’s like waiting for another black president. I wish you luck. I’m not risking that.”
Here are some more quotes from Bernard Hopkins at the press conference in New York City:
“I could have come out here with a walker, taken my teeth out, and then have him help me up to the seat there and play right into the old man syndrome. But I’m not going to play games with you.
“This is something that you’re going to remember, tell your grandkids, someone younger, someone in the boxing game, someone not in the boxing game. This is not only my personal achievement in history, but this is something that you can pass down to your kids. You can pass down to anyone you care to pass it down to. I can tell my son who’s two years old, Bernard III,that this is the legacy he inherits from me.
“Let’s talk about Father Time. He’s a son of a bitch. He is. Father Time is undefeated because time is undefeated. That’s the fight that I can’t win and nobody on this earth can win. I’m not fighting Father Time. That’s why me and Father Time really have no problem. There’s no war going on.
“So at the end of the day, Father Time says to me, “Have fun, you’ve got time.” Everyone asks me about my age because their stomach is out this big. Because they’re eating bagels. Because they’re drinking wine. Enjoy yourself. That’s what you want to do. But when you see me, don’t be envious, be motivated. Be energized, woman or man. And say to yourself: how can I start to be like him? How can I take a page out of his book and have a long life and play with my grandkids?
“When you see me April 19in D.C. on SHOWTIME, be inspired. Be inspired that if you’re near 40, if you’re over 40, if you’re over 50, over 60, that it’s never too late to change your lifestyle. It’s only too late when you’re dead.”
Shumenov only has 15 pro fights under his belt, but a fight with Hopkins will give him the opportunity to put himself up there with the top dogs of the division.
“I’m very excited that I’m fighting one of the greatest fighters ever,” Shumenov said. “That’s the way for me to show the world that I am the best in the world. Don’t miss out on April 19. It will be a history-making event.”
“Bernard has his legacy, but I am looking to build my own legacy. But don’t forget that I am here to make history, too.
“This is a great opportunity to show the world that I am one of the greatest champions in boxing. He’s considered the best light heavyweight champion but this is my opportunity to show the world that I am the best light heavyweight.
“My main goal is to unify all the titles, but right now I’m 100 percent focused on my fight with Bernard Hopkins. It’s the most important fight in my life and it will be the hardest fight in my life.”
WBO middleweight champ Peter Quillin (30-0, 22 KO) will also be on the card as the co-feature against Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KO.)
“Some people say that I shouldn’t be on undercards, but I’m on Bernard’s undercard and I am working to be a legend like him.”
Hopkins vs Shumenov will take place from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 19. The live SHOWTIME telecast will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)