Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bernard Hopkins “not retired” – eyes farewell fight this year

Living legend and guaranteed future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins has not boxed since his heavy points loss to light-heavyweight champ and KO artist Sergey Kovalev. That fight took place in November of 2014 and the amazing 49-year-old (Hopkins hit 50 the following January) used every ounce of his experience, his savvy and his sheer toughness to see it through to the final bell against a man who usually halts his opposition.

But Hopkins, as proud a fighter as you could care to mention, is not satisfied with having lost in his last fight; so he plans to make sure the Kovalev fight isn’t his last fight. According to RingTV.com, B-Hop is “not retired,” instead training and working out in the gym daily, and he wants to fight again this year some time, possibly in a farewell fight.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ali's influence came from outside the ring

Now-retired civil rights photographer C. Smith snapped some still shots of Muhammad Ali at an event Downtown in 2002.

"I put up my dukes at him, and he looked at me and said, `Boy, I'll kill you,'" Smith said Saturday, a day of international mourning following Ali's death Friday night at age 74.

Ali, of course, was more than a fighter. His global influence as a civil rights activist, humanitarian and peacemaker transcended his achievements as an 18-year-old gold medal-winning Olympian and his sport's only three-time heavyweight champion.

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