At 49 years old, IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins isn’t setting out to defy time. He’s just figured out how to control the rhythm.
IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins works out at the DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia in preparation for his upcoming fight. The 49-year old is gearing up for his 65th professional fight. On April 19, 2014, at the D.C. Armory, he hopes to unify titles by beating WBA champ Beibut Shumenov, a Kazakhstan fighter who’s 19 years younger.Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post
At 49, Bernard Hopkins has cemented his place in boxing history while making millions. So why does he continue to fight? The Post's Gabe Silverman rides with Hopkins back to the Philadelphia projects where he grew up to try and figure out the answer.