Bernard Hopkins, a sure-fire hall of famer and current IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, is still fighting at 49 years old. Now, the self professed ¨Alien¨ looks to make more age-related history in Washington DC this weekend when he enters the ring with hopes of becoming the oldest fighter to unify title belts.
“I think my longevity has a lot to do with the early preparation in my life and my career. I took care of myself like I always have for the last 20 years and I’m reaping the benefits now.
“A lot of it has to do with just what I do and don’t put in my body. A lot of long-term discipline and staying the course, and not derailing many times during down time, or binging on things that aren’t good for you. I think that plays a big role in longevity.¨
Hopkins opponent, 30 year old Beibut Shumenov, who is the current WBA Superlight Heavyweight World Champion, says he’s looking forward to proving he’s the best light heavyweight in the world.
“I’m feeling great, most of the work has been done. I cannot wait to show what I am capable of.
“To show the world that I am the best light heavyweight in the world.
“I haven’t missed any days of training. Every day after my workout my body was exhausted and the next day I was always excited to go to the gym. Every day was valuable for me, every day I saw improvement. It made me happy to go to the gym.”
What better place for Hopkins to attempt to continue to make history but in the nation’s capitol?
Saturday’s fight will take place at the DC Armory. Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, are on sale now and available online at ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000.The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.
The live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) immediately following ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana.