Gennady Golovkin vs Bernard Hopkins a Possibility, Now?Written by Leroy Cleveland
In November, following his one-sided loss to Sergey Kovalev, then 50 year old fight legend Bernard Hopkins shocked the boxing world when he stated he wanted to face the sport's most destructive fighter, pound-for-pound, in his proverbial 'last hurrah.''
And now, 15 months later, it appears that fight is a possibility.
According to BoxingScene, Gennady Golovkin's (34-0, 31KOs) promoter, Tom Loeffler, recently confirmed 51 year old fight legend Bernard Hopkins has expressed an interest in fighting the knockout machine dubbed 'GGG', the unified middleweight champion.
And while Loeffler didn't inform BoxingScene that Hopkins was seriously being considered, he certainly didn't hold back on building a case for the match-up.
"Look, Bernard's the biggest name (Sergey) Kovalev fought so it would be a great opponent for Gennady," he told the accomplished boxing reporter, Steve Kim.
"If (Billy Joe) Saunders isn't going to fight, if 'Canelo's (Saul Alvarez) is not going to fight, we would consider a marketable name at 168 and Hopkins is more active than (Andre) Ward is, so it makes sense."
To Bernard's credit, he, despite his lack of overall competitiveness against Sergey Kovalev, still managed to dodge many of the Russian's murderous shots, was successful in creating drama at times and remained a constant threat of sorts, especially when desperation set in late in the fight.
... But let's not fool ourselves... Hopkins, who hasn't fought in 15 months, was thoroughly dominated by Sergey and probably should not fight GGG.
"At this point in his career, Bernard Hopkins is a mere shell of himself," fight trainer Ronnie Shields told 'War a Week' Radio in November 2014.
"Everyone saw in his last performance that he can no longer beat any of the top tier fighters in boxing."
"In my opinion, Bernard cannot defeat Gennady Golovkin at age 50, and it would really surprise me if Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions agreed to this fight."
"If he fights a hard punching champion like Gennady Golovkin in 2015, he's going to be no different than other great fighters in history who stayed in the sport too long and got hurt."
"It's sad to watch, but it's part of a prizefighter's mental make-up to believe that he always has one more left in them. They love being a part of the big events and hearing the roar of the crowd...it's like an addiction. It's hard for a prizefighter to just give that up and walk away from the sport."
Hopkins vs Golovkin, should it happen, will be contested at 168 lbs.