Bernard Hopkins has made a career of defying the odds. After spending time in a Philadelphia prison and losing his first professional prizefight, Hopkins went onto become Middleweight champion of the world and defend the title a record 20 consecutive times.
While many great fighters hit the wall and experience a significant drop off in skill as the age increases, Hopkins seems to still possess many of the same qualities that have made him a great fighter.
On Saturday, Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) makes his first defense of his light heavyweight title against “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Conventional wisdom would suggest that the younger, faster and stronger Dawson should have his way with the aged fighter.
However, conventional wisdom does not apply to Bernard Hopkins. On Saturday night the wily, old veteran will not only fight Dawson but father time as well.
As is the case in most of his fights, the 46 year old Hopkins will win. Here are five reasons why.