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B-Hop Stumps Father Time, Makes History

Posted on 13. Mar, 2013 by FSM Staff in Boxing, Highlight

B-Hop Stumps Father Time, Makes History

Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins made history on Saturday night by becoming the oldest person to win a major professional boxing title at age 48, breaking his own record that he set two years ago. Hopkins (53-6-2) defeated Tavoris Cloud (19-1) via unanimous decision, taking the 31 year-old’s light heavyweight title and handing him his first defeat at the recently constructed Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

There was no controversy with the scorecards and it was pretty clear where things were heading starting halfway through the fight. Hopkins delivered a veteran whooping, opening cuts over both of Cloud’s eyes. Cloud gave a solid effort but the young lion was not ready to deal with the old trickster this time.

The Executioner deserves credit. He abstains from drugs, alcohol, red meat and he trains hard. He hasn’t exactly been fighting tomato cans these last eight years either. It will be interesting to see who he decides to fight next. A third fight with Jean Pascal (27-2-1) has been mentioned by some as has a fight with undefeated Nathan Cleverly (25-0) that would most likely take place somewhere in the United Kingdom.

There is a well-known saying in sports that people usually bring up when talking about aging superstars. “Father Time is undefeated”, Charles Barkley is often heard saying on the set of TNT’s Inside the NBA. This is true especially for the athletes who were great in their early years and then decided to stick around – way too long. Perhaps Michael Jordan’s stint on the Wizards is Father Time’s crown jewel in terms of victories. Other victims include Oscar De la Hoya, Shaquille O’Neal, Roy Jones Jr., and well, you should be able to get the gist of the phrase by now.

Every time I watch Bernard Hopkins fight, I can’t help thinking that he might be the one who finally gives Father Time that first defeat. It would take a meaningful victory in his early 50’s and a subsequent retirement on Hopkins’ part, but nothing I’ve seen from the Executioner in the last decade suggests it can’t be done. How many professional athletes can claim they were significant in their sport past age 40? How many can say that Father Time couldn’t even prevent them from winning a championship at age 48? A few more wins and Hopkins can ride off in the sunset without giving Father Time any more chances to put him down. Sure, the victory may be just a moral one. It would be kind of like playing games when you’re a kid. Get your butt kicked ten times in a row then win once and stop playing.

Smokin’ Farewell

Posted on 09. Nov, 2011 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

Smokin’ Farewell

For better or worse, Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali will be forever linked. Many years after their famous trilogy, the heated rivalry between the two has overshadowed their individual accomplishments in the ring. It’s similar to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Both men achieved many things in the NBA, bust most fans (outside of L.A. and Boston) only remember that era in terms of Magic versus Bird or Lakers versus Celtics.

With Joe Frazier’s recent passing from liver cancer at age 67, boxing fans now look back at perhaps the greatest era the Heavyweight division has ever seen. One that started with Sonny Liston and ended with Larry Holmes and George Foreman. The era is full of great fighters and legendary battles.

Frazier was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali. But it was the third fight in their series, dubbed the Thrilla in Manila, that people most remember. Frazier and Ali traded blows for 14 violent rounds. Frazier’s corner ultimately threw in the towel, but his performance in the fight was a perfect illustration of what made him great.

The current era in the heavyweight division will undoubtedly be labeled the Klitschko era in the years to come. Had the Klitschko brothers run into Joe Frazier or anyone like him it might be a different story.

So we at FreeSportsMagazine would like to bid Joe Frazier a sincere, smokin’ farewell. We’ve gathered some quotes from around the web for you to read and share as you remember a legend:

“I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.” -Muhammad Ali

“Joe Frazier should be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time and a real man. He’s a guy that stood up for himself. He didn’t compromise and always gave 100 percent in the ring. There was never a fight in the ring where Joe didn’t give 100 percent.” -Bob Arum

“The courage Smokin’ Joe showed in The Thrilla in Manila, answering every Ali onslaught with an equally withering response, will remain in the hearts and minds of boxing fans around the globe forever,” – Don King

“Talk about Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, even me. But the fact is, there is only one common, ordinary, everyday Joe, and he is ‘The One and Only Joe Frazier.’” -George Foreman


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