Bernard Hopkins and the 5 Best Ring Walks in Boxing History
Part of every big fight is the hype that leads up to the actual fight, including the fighters' ring entrances.
Some boxers opt for the standard ring walk with an entourage, with nothing too flashy, but others—the ones who want to set themselves apart — have long, entertaining walks to the ring, exciting the crowd even before the bell is rung and a punch is thrown.
Here are Bernard Hopkins and the five best ring entrances in boxing history.
5. Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks
Hyping up the crowd as he walked through like a powerful river busting through a land of people, to nothing but clanking noise and looking as mean and fierce as any fighter has in the history of boxing, Mike Tyson had the crowd and the announcers buzzing before Tyson's showdown with Michael Spinks in June of 1988.
Passing on the standard robe, Tyson also opted out not to wear his vintage towel-over-shirt get-up, showing he was ready to fight right out of the tunnel; and he displayed that in the bout, knocking Spinks out in Round 1.
Tyson will go down in history as one of the best, and overall entertaining, boxers of all time.
4. Naseem Hamed vs. Augie Sanchez
In what was a full on production of music, special effects and drama, Naseem Hamed had one of the best ring entrances of the many he had during his prolific career before facing Augie Sanchez in August of 2000.
Accompanied by rapper Black Rob's smash hit song "Whoa," Hamed busted through a wall with the likeness of him standing in the middle of the wall, with his hands held high and saluting the crowd.
He went on to retain his WBO featherweight title in the fight, and only went on to fight two more times; in one of those two, he suffered his first and only loss when Marco Antonio Barrera beat him in a 12-round decision.
3. Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya
With the Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya fight taking place on May 5th—Cinco De Mayo—2007, Floyd Mayweather dressed the part, rocking a huge sombrero and wearing a Mexican flag inspired outfit.
If that wasn't over the top enough for you, Money May also had his good friend, and rapping superstar 50 Cent rap live as he made his way to the ring.
Having a crazy outfit, and a mini-live concert from one of the hottest rappers at that time, makes Mayweather's entrance before his De La Hoya fight a top five pick.
2. Bernard Hopkins vs. Roy Jones Jr.
Bernard Hopkins has one of the most, if not the most, intimidating ring walks in boxing, which he took to another level before his highly-anticipated April 2010 fight with Roy Jones Jr. .
Prepared for battle and walking to the ring sporting an executioner mask, he had a rewritten, boxing lyric-infused version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" sang live as he walked to the ring.
B-Hop's entrances are always memorable for the executioner mask in trying to psych out opponents, but adding a little extra entertainment to it versus Jones landed B-Hop on the top five list.
1. Naseem Hamed vs. Vuyani Bungo
With a nickname of "Prince," Naseem Hamed took a fabled vehicle of ancient princes, a flying carpet, to the ring before his March 2000 fight against Vuyani Bungo in London, England.
Hamed was known for his flashy ring entrances, but put it over the top with the magic carpet bit, setting a bar that may never be topped.
Hamed displayed here why he was, and still is, the undisputed king of ring entrances.