B Hop Turns 54: How The Executioner Keeps Getting Better With Time

Bernard Hopkins, a true Capricorn is always evolving for the better as he celebrates another birthday, laying the foundation for future generations.

Bernard Hopkins, a true Capricorn, celebrates his 54th birthday today.

Hopkins was born within the surreal world of North Philadelphia. The Diamond Street region produced fellow athletic greats Dawn Stalley and Hank Gathers.

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.

 

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 2018 TSL Award honoree defied father time, evolving into a symbol of health and discipline. Hopkins, like Joe Frazier before him is a living symbol of the spirit of Philadelphia.

The devout student of Islam has laid the foundation for a generation.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.