Honoring Bernard Hopkinsby Representative Robert A. Brady
Posted on 2013-03-15
in the house of representatives
Friday, March 15, 2013
Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor
Philadelphia's own, Bernard ``The Executioner'' Hopkins. On March 10,
2013, Bernard became the oldest boxer to win a major title. A champion
both in and out of the ring, Bernard is among Philadelphia sports'
Breaking his own record from two years earlier, Bernard beat 30 year old Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight championship. At 48 years old, Bernard proved that age is just a number as he out moved his opponent, something he has done many times before. After the fight he said, ``Tonight was one of the bigger fights of my career.'' Bernard has been a champion for a long time--he won the Pennsylvania Junior Olympics at age nine. He is among some of boxing's greatest like Sugar Ray Robinson, Carlos Monzon, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Oscar De La Hoya once said that Hopkins is ``one of the great talents we've had in this generation.'' His latest win is his 53rd professional win, 32 of which came by knockout. This is also not the first record Bernard has shattered. His record of 20 successful title defenses has been unbreakable since he reached the milestone in 2005.
Bernard is not just a champion in the ring but a champion to Philadelphia, the city he always called home. He works tirelessly with the city's youth to help them get on and stay on the straight and narrow. He is a husband and a father and great American.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues join me in honoring a great champion, and an even greater person, Bernard Hopkins.