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What do you think was the best fight of Bernard Hopkins career?

I’m looking to stream a good one tonight. I’m not sure which way to go. Should I relive the huge upset over Antonio Tarver? How about the night he put his name on the map – knocking out Tito Trinidad?

Are there some good ones from his early days or do you prefer the latter day Alien?

Drop a comment to share your thoughts on the best / most entertaining performances him B-Hop’s 26 year career.

B-Hop dropped twice early, dominates late, settles for a controversial draw in Canada

On December 18th, 2010 – Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs) almost did it again. Live on Showtime, The Executioner stepped into enemy territory to take on WBC Light Heavyweight titlist Jean Pascal in front of a jam packed, sell-out crowd of 17,000 screaming Canadian’s – everyone one of whom came to see their local hero Pascal. A win would put Hopkins in the history books as the oldest world champion ever in the history of professional boxing. Many are saying it was the best B-Hop fight they have seen in years. The end result was a majority draw that is being appealed up to the highest courts of boxing. Continue reading B-Hop dropped twice early, dominates late, settles for a controversial draw in Canada

B-Hop aiming to Take Pascal’s Belt in Quebec on December 18th live on Showtime!

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One of the All-Time Philly greats is at it again. On December 18th, Bernard Hopkins will step into enemy territory in an attempt to win yet another world title when he faces undefeated Jean Pascal for the WBC Light Heavyweight title in Pascal’s adopted hometown of Quebec, Canada.

The Executioner threw some verbal darts at his opponent at a recent media conference in Canada – reminding everybody how apart of his legacy is not only fighting world champions, but leaving them in a condition to where they are never the same after the match. (note: Jermaine Taylor, Kelly Pavlik Tito Trinidad, Antonio Tarver etc)

More to come on this – until then watch the video of the press conference.

Hopkins wins a foul filled rematch over Roy Jones in Vegas…

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After a 17 year wait, Bernard Hopkins finally evens the score against Roy Jones by way of a 12 round unanimous decision win in Las Vegas. Hopkins won virtually every round as a very washed up looking Jones was unable to surmount any consistent offense. The pace was slow for most of the match but it did have a few wild moments. Jones was warned twice for rabbit punching – both of which put Hopkins down on the canvas for an extended time. After the first one a fired up B-Hop took it to Germantown Ave, rushing at Jones and swinging away until long after the bell rang. Good work by referee Tony Weeks who stopped this one from getting out of control. It eventually went to the scorecards which read 117-110, 117-110, 118-109 for Hopkins. After the match B Hop said he wants a crack at David Haye and the Heavyweight championship of the world…

Hopkins vs. Jones II on HBO PPV April 3, 2010!

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Bernard%20Hopkins%20IBO%20title.jpgphoto by Mike “Teek” McGuigan – The time for talk is almost over. On Saturday April 3 – Germantown’s Bernard Hopkins gets his long awaited chance to avenge an early career loss to Roy Jones Jr. This fight will headline an HBO PPV card that is going to take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The odds makers say you need to drop $500 on B-Hop to win $325. I place the odds to more around 4 – 1 for The Executioner. Hopkins is coming off a hard fought unanimous decision win in his hometown while Jones is coming off a surprising 1st round TKO loss – a fight that left many to conclude that he is finished as a prize fighter. Continue reading Hopkins vs. Jones II on HBO PPV April 3, 2010!

Bernard Hopkins vs. Enrique Ornales Press Conference

Bernard Hopkins vs. Enrique Ornales Press Conference

By Rick Scharmberg

On 10-14-09, Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference yesterday at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia to announce the December 2 bout between former two-time world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and Enrique Ornelas. The bout will take place at the same venue, which is located in North Philadelphia, the area where Bernard Hopkins grew up. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaeffer stated, “This fight will be a homecoming for the biggest fighter to ever come out of Philadelphia. Thank you, Bernard, for coming home. Ticket prices are reasonable. You can see this legendary fighter, possibly for the last time, for as little as twenty-five dollars.” The bout will be televised live on the Versus network.

Richard Schaefer hosted the event, and started things by introducing John DiSanto, whose website http://www.phillyboxinghistory.com/ selects the Philadelphia fight and fighter of the year. DiSanto presented the award, a beautiful statue with the likeness of the great Philadelphia middleweight “Bad” Bennie Briscoe, to Hopkins, who was selected as its 2008 “Fighter of the Year”. Continue reading Bernard Hopkins vs. Enrique Ornales Press Conference

Hopkins vs. Jones II is official – 50/50 split on the money unless someone gets KO’d!

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After years and years of arguing and haggling, Bernard Hopkins (49-5, 32ko’s) and Roy Jones Jr (54-5, 40ko’s) finally come to an agreement on a contract to have a rematch of their 1993 fight when both were up and comers. The deal is a straight up 50/50 split of the purse…. that is unless someone gets knocked out, then the winner gets 60% of the pie. No date or venue has been set just yet but the bout is expected to take place sometime around late January or early February as both men already have existing deals in place for other fights which they must win. On December 2, RJJ is going to Australia to fight Danny Green, an unknown but he does hold the IBO Cruiserweight title. B-Hop will take a tune up around December against an opponent TBA. Continue reading Hopkins vs. Jones II is official – 50/50 split on the money unless someone gets KO’d!

April 2009 Philly Top 10 Pound for Pound Lists!

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It has been a while since I put together a Philly top 10 list and in that time it is still pretty obvious who is #1 in the town, that would be B-Hop. But in the past year there has been a lot of activity amongst the rank and file who made moves to get to the top. Some succeeded, some failed, some have rebounded and others are on their way.

This time around I give you two lists. First is a national Philly top 10 pound for pound which gives my ranking to those from this area who are either champions, within title contention or TV fighters. These guys are all over the world and are known industry names.

The next list is themed “21 & Under” ranking the Philly pros with 21 pro fights or less. These fights can take place anywhere in the world. This list tracks the activity of the young pros who seem to be on their way to making big moves in the boxing circuit within the next few years. These rankings are based on pro performance and potential, not solely on amateur career.

This was done as a replacement for the local top 10 list that ranked boxers competing within city limits. There was just not enough activity to compile one. Take a look and feel free to send any feedback to me via email.

http://phillykeith.com/nationaltop10April09.htm

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2008 Philly Fights of the Year

Philly boxing 2008… overall it was another good year but in the same breath it has to mentioned that there was a significant drop off in the amount of action as only 17 professionally sanctioned cards happened in this year. Most nights were solid though we did have a few duds and also a few memorable barn burners. Through my eyes, there was no clear cut fight of the year winner in 2008 so I will not designate one particular match. Instead, I will highlight some of the best performances of the year. As always, it is open to discussion, feel free to comment if you agree, disagree, omissions etc. At some point in 2009, www.phillyboxinghistory.com will give out the Briscoe Awards which will recognize one fight as the best of ’08. Visit the site and cast a vote there if you wish.

Without further ado, I give you the Philly Keith Sports 2008 nominees for Fight of the Year!

Local Philly Fighters

Rasheem Brown vs. Jameel Wilson – 4/18/08 @ The National Guard Armory

This 10 round Super Middleweight fight capped off the most action packed boxing card in Philly for the year 2008. The state title was on the line and the then newly signed Rasheem Brown was thought to be put in prime position for a career push after recently returning from a lengthy layoff. Wilson on the other hand did not come to lay down. Brown started strong and it looked to be an easy night but Wilson came alive taking the middle rounds and both men went toe to toe down the stretch to cap off a non stop action bout. The only disappointment in this one came outside of the ring, as 3 blind judges scored only one round for Wilson on the offical cards while everyone in press row agreed that this fight was even money that could have gone either way. Regardless of the outcome, this fight proved once again that when you match two Philly fighters against each other, the fans are always in for a treat!


Ryan Belasco vs. Victor Vasquez 5/11/08 @ The New Alhambra

Coming into this fight, Delaware’s Ryan Belasco was looking to erase the stink of three consecutive sub par performances and Philly’s Victor Vasquez was taking his first real test against an area known fighter with a record above .500. While most thought it was a solid fight when it was announced, few expected to be treated to such an action packed rumble. It was give and take with Belasco carrying a slight lead as he was able to effectively box the non stop Vasquez. Belasco’s non stop jabbing caused Vasquez left eye to swell like a ballon, leaving the referee no option but to stop the fight and the commission no choice but to order a 6 month medical suspension. Vasquez is back, medically cleared to fight and wants a rematch “sooner, rather than later”. I have a feeling that Russell Peltz will be putting this together very soon.


Gee Cullmer vs. Jameel Wilson @ The Legendary Blue Horizon 9/16/08

When this one was signed, you just knew it would be a close fight. At the time, Gee recently pulled out a few tight majority decision wins while Wilson was on the wrong end of a quite a few razor thin decisions. In this one, Gee put on a boxing clinic early, Wilson showed his grit in the middle and final rounds were tooth and nail. Fittingly, this fight could have gone either way and ended in a majority decision for Cullmer who after the fight earned the designation of PA’s #1 Super Middleweight contender slot by the state athletic commission. Click the link to watch this fight in its entirety on Go Fight Live.


Mario Mina vs. Pedro Calla @ The Legendary Blue Horizon 4/11/08


Two fighters who learned their craft half a world away came to Philadelphia to make their pro debut and in the process put on a 4 round Blue Horizon classic. Mina of Ecquador was said to be a former amateur star and Peru’s Pedro Calla was no slouch either. This was a wild, two way leatherfest that ended with Calla splattered across the canvas mid way through the final round, much to the delight of the fans, who gave both men a standing ovation when the dust finally settled. Watch this fight in its entirety on Go Fight Live

National TV Philly Fighters
Steve “USS” Cunningham vs. Tomasz Adamek

On a national level, recognition goes to Steve “USS” Cunningham, who may have lost his IBF Cruiserweight title, but in the same breath won over millions of fight fans for his show of heart against Tomasz Adamek live on Versus. Cunningham won a lions share of the rounds but was also knocked down 3 times in this non stop slug fest between two of the worlds best. A rematch just has to be in order. The TV demand and money will be there you can be assured of that. The only liability here is if Adamek decided to hide.

Bernard Hopkins vs. Kelly Pavlik

Last but certainly not least, recognition has to be given to Philly’s main representative in the sport of boxing, Bernard Hopkins for his one sided spanking of Kelly Pavlik over 12 rounds in a fight where next to no one was giving him a shot in hell to win. Once again, people were saying he was too old or he was slowing down just as they did before his fight against Antonio Tarver and even before that in his fight against Felix Trinidad. On this night, B-Hop reminded the world that it is a terrible mistake to under estimate the Germantown native.

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