Bernard Hopkins, a true Capricorn, celebrates his 54th birthday today.
The Junior Black Mafia set the tone. By the age of 17, he was sent to Graterford Prison. However, during this time of tumult, his Phoenix truly rose through the sweet science.
Inspiring a legion of champions like Andre Ward, Hopkins has always been the standard bearer of athletic consistency. Competing from 1988 to 2016, he became one of the most successful boxers of the past three decades.
Multiple world championships in two weight classes and the undisputed middleweight champion from 2004 to 2005. The lineal light heavyweight champ from 2011 to 2012. After winning the IBF middleweight title in 1995, he would compile 20 defenses.
This remained a record for the weight class until 2018.
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At 10 years, 2 months and 18 days, “B Hop Da Legend” is the longest reigning middleweight champion ever. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was tied with the Philadelphia legend until he lost his titles last year against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
The partner in Golden Boy Promotions helps steer the careers of Canelo Alvarez and prospect Ryan Garcia. As a result, his wisdom has always been ever-present yet Hopkins is a universal mentor.
The devout student of Islam has laid the foundation for a generation.