Originally written on Ring Kings  |  Last updated 12/27/14
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Boxing’s ageless wonder, Bernard Hopkins, is coming off a split-decision win over Bebuit Shumenov, in which he retained his IBF light-heavyweight title and won the WBA light-heavyweight title. At 49, Hopkins is now one win away from unifying all light-heavyweight belts and becoming the undisputed champion. While doing that is his immediate goal, Hopkins took things a step further, and issued a 50/50 challenge to boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather. For this improbable fight to take place, Mayweather would have to move up in weight, and Hopkins would move down, where the two would meet at middleweight. Per Yahoo!: But when pondering what could be the final act of a career that began in 1988, Hopkins made it clear he hopes welterweight star Mayweather would answer his challenge to jump up in weight while he drops and they meet at middleweight. “After I become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world, if there was one big fight out there, I know what I would call it — 50-50. He wants to pass Marciano. He wants to get to 50 and I am 50. That would be huge.” Before eyeing Mayweather, Hopkins will look to defeat Adonis Stevenson, who holds the WBC light-heavyweight title. Stevenson is set to defend his title next month, and if he wins, that would set up a showdown with Hopkins. If Hopkins does indeed get past Stevenson, it would be interesting to see if Floyd Mayweather would consider fighting him. Mayweather is set to take on Argentinian slugger Marcos Madaina on May 3rd.
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