Bernard Humphrey Hopkins, Jr. (born January 15, 1965) is an American professional boxer who currently fights at light heavyweight and previously at middleweight.
Hopkins reigned as world middleweight titlist from 1994 until 2005, unifying and successfully defending his title a record 20 times. He won the International Boxing Federation title in 1994, then added the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, and The Ring titles in 2001 and became the first man to hold all four major sanctioning bodies’ titles when he won the World Boxing Organization title in 2004. The Ring ranked him #3 on their list of the “10 best middleweight title holders of the last 50 years.”
After losing his title to Jermain Taylor in 2005 and failing to regain it in a rematch, Hopkins moved up to light heavyweight and won the Ring and International Boxing Organization titles from Antonio Tarver at 42 years of age, making two defenses of the Ring title before losing it to Joe Calzaghe. Three years later, Hopkins defeated Jean Pascal for the WBC title and broke George Foreman’s record for oldest fighter to ever win a world championship at the age of 46. Hopkins later broke his own record by winning the IBF title from Tavoris Cloud in 2013 and again in 2014 when he won the WBA title from Beibut Shumenov, aged 48 and 49 respectively.
Nicknamed “The Executioner”, and later “The Alien”, Hopkins is a highly strategic and defensive boxer, known for carrying good speed and power, and for his ability to fight both on the inside and outside in a fight. Hopkins credits mastering the boxing fundamentals and a great defense as the reasons why he has been able to fight on for so long.
In addition to being an active boxer, Hopkins is also a minority partner with Golden Boy Promotions.