PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernard Hopkins has another belt around his waist and a slice of boxing history to his name.
He just might not have another bout.
The oldest boxer to win a major title, the 48-year-old Hopkins said he could retire a champion if he’s no longer inspired and the right bout doesn’t materialize.
“If I’m not motivated, and the competition is not there, if it’s a meaningless fight, it’s time to roll, man,” Hopkins said by phone Sunday.
Hopkins scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud to claim the IBF light heavyweight championship Saturday night. Hopkins became the oldest boxer to win a major title, extending the record he set by beating Jean Pascal for the WBC light heavyweight title on May 21, 2011.
Hanging up the gloves is not Hopkins’ first choice. He wants to keep fighting if the right opponent and network home can be found.
Hopkins won’t return to a Philadelphia gym and train for a fight just to fight.
“I just want to sit down and see what’s out there that’s meaningful and if it’s worth the mental training, the mental stress, the things I know how to do to win,” Hopkins said.