Posted October 14, 2011 on AP on Fox
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Bernard Hopkins defied serious odds 23 years ago when he left Graterford State Penitentiary and never went back. Since then, he has thwarted all conventional wisdom about athletes and aging with a thriving boxing career into the back side of his 40s. If Hopkins can figure out a way to beat Chad Dawson, the Executioner has topped himself one more time. The 46-year-old Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) realizes the enormity of the task he accepted at Staples Center on Saturday night. He has spent a half-decade warily circling Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs), the former light heavyweight champion who ranks among the most gifted fighters of his generation - and is 17 years younger than Hopkins. Dawson sees the fight as nothing less than the defining moment of his career.
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