This Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, the ageless alien Bernard Hopkins returns to action to defend his IBF light heavyweight title against Karo Murat of Germany. Every time Hopkins gets in the ring at this point, it is a historical, record-breaking occasion.
He is the oldest boxer to ever hold a world title, and at 48, he has surpassed any professional athlete in any sport when it comes to longevity. No other athlete has ever competed at the level Hopkins has this close to 50.
And no, golf and car racing don't count.
Hopkins has reached the point in his career where even people who normally pay no attention to boxing stop to marvel at what he is doing. This is a culture obsessed with preserving the vigor of youth, and the media-savvy Hopkins could potentially morph into a larger public star.
At this point, every successful performance he turns in against a world-class fighter young enough to be his son merely burnishes his legacy.