Bernard Hopkins Jr. is a professional boxer from the United States of America and is currently the WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight champion. On the 21st of May, 2011, Hopkins defeated Jean Pascal by a unanimous decision by the judges to win the world title, therefore, surpassing the record held by George Foreman as the oldest boxing world champion at the age of 46 years. He also holds the distinct record of defending all the four world championship titles from each of the major sanctioning bodies in boxing as well as The Ring belt in a single fight and was the first boxer ever in the world to achieve this feat. He has also been the undisputed Middleweight champion of the world in his long and illustrious career, a title that he defended in the ring as many as 20 times. This entered the name of Bernard Hopkins Jr. into the history books as one of the greatest Middleweight champions in the history of professional boxing. Moreover, he was ranked at number 3 by The Ring in a list of the 10 greatest title holders in the Middleweight division in the last 50 years.
Nicknamed The Executioner as well as the B-Hop, Hopkins was born on the 15th of January, 1965 in the working city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which was not the prettiest place for a child to grow up in due to its booming crime scene. Hopkins got caught up in the life of the back lanes and by the time he was 13 years old, he was mugging people for their money and had already been stabbed three times. When he was 17 years old, the Court found Bernard Hopkins Jr. guilty of nine charges and sentenced him to 18 years in prison. During his time in prison, he witnessed the rape and murder of a fellow inmate over an argument over a pack of cigarettes and it was during this time that he developed a passion for boxing.
Being released after serving 5 years, Hopkins turned to boxing to escape from the life he had been living in the past and also converted to Islam. Since then, he hasn’t looked back and in the 61 bouts that Bernard Hopkins Jr. has been in, he has won a staggering 52 matches and 32 of them via knockout. The credit for the success that he has achieved is completely his own and his dedication and will to change is something that youngsters idolize today in the fighting city of Philadelphia.