By: The Mad Boxing Genius
Saturday, March 9, 2013 there will be a party going down in Brooklyn, New York at The Barclay’s Center when IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud defends against the future hall of famer and seemingly “Forever Young” (and let us GIVE CREDIT to Alphaville – the original creator of the song Forever Young) Bernard Hopkins.
This is the boxing past vs. the boxing future for light-heavyweight supremacy in boxing’s present day.
As many, if not all Bernard Hopkins fights in recent years, the story that drives the event is weather or not the old man can pull off another victory against a young buck (in addition to becoming the oldest living champion in the history of boxing).
The legend of Bernard Hopkins really started when “The Executioner defeated the Puerto Rican terror Felix Trinidad who at the time was only 28 years old and Hopkins 36. The next real significant win over a young stud was against Kelly Pavlik (17 years Hopkins’ junior) who was picked by most, if not all the experts, to defeat Bernard Hopkins. But of course, that went the other way as well. Then most recently, Jean Pascal (18 years his junior), the biggest name in Canadian boxing after he dethroned Chad Dawson also got executed by B-Hop. And even within the timeline of those signature victories, he still managed to defeated name stars like Oscar De La Hoya and Antonio Tarver.
Despite his loss to Chad Dawson his last time out, we’ve learned over the years to never count Bernard Hopkins out. His style, his experience and his talent will always outweigh his age, regardless if he’s 38, 48 or 58. He’s a true master of his craft – a psychological expert who uses mind games, timing, intelligence and a proper lifestyle to overcome any obstacles in his professional career. Bernard Hopkins is the epitome of forward thinking and wins his battles more so at press conferences rather than fights itself.
Tavoris Cloud is arguably the best light-heavyweight in the world today. He’s young, he’s strong, he’s confident and he loves to fight. However, no one man is invincible and in Tavoris Cloud’s last fight, he showed many holes in his game that play right into the hands of Bernard Hopkins.
In his last fight with Gabriel Campillo he seemed completely lost. He didn’t know what was coming at him nor did he know what to throw back. Gabriel Campillo kept him off balance, got his punches off first and was gone by the time Tavoris Cloud responded. Unfortunately for Mr. Campillo, he did not walk away with the decision that many thought was another black eye to the sport of boxing.
In any other situation, logic tells us that this no brainer in regards to who will come out victorious. But with Bernard Hopkins’ history and Tavoris Clouds’ natural talent but with chinks the armour, the legend that is Bernard Hopkins just may continue on after Saturday night!
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