Hopkins bids to make history
Bernard Hopkins will aim to break his own record for being the oldest fighter to win a major world title when he fights Tavoris Cloud.
The all-American showdown for Cloud's IBF light-heavyweight title pits the 31-year-old undefeated champion, making his fifth title defence, against a boxer old enough to be his father.
Hopkins was 46 when he beat Canada's Jean Pascal to win the WBC crown in 2011, becoming the oldest fighter to win a major world title and surpassing heavyweight icon George Foreman's mark of 45.
"I'm not counting age. Everybody else is counting it," said 48-year-old Hopkins, who has won only one of his past four bouts.
"People know that I still can win a championship and beat most of these fighters out here and they are trying to use my age as something that is a death sentence. I've been hearing 'old' since I was 35."
"It will mean a lot to me," added Hopkins, who lost his first professional fight a quarter-of-a-century ago before going on to dominate the middleweight division.
"I doubt very seriously that you will see a longevity in any sport of a Bernard Hopkins in a long time - not in my lifetime.
"What drives me is that I'm not satisfied, even though I know I've done a lot. If I listened to most people, I would have never made history."
Hopkins, who has a 52-6 record with two draws and 32 knockouts, lost on points to Chad Dawson last time out, while Cloud will be aiming to claim his 25th straight win in his first fight in just over a year.