Former two-weight world champion Bernard Hopkins is aiming to simultaneously defeat IBF light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud and retire villainous boxing promoter Don King on March 9 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Hopkins (52-6-2-2, 32 KOs), a reformed ex-convict who outclassed Jean Pascal in May 2011 to earn a unanimous decision victory and become, at 46, the oldest man to capture a major belt, will break his own mark with a win over Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) later this spring.
"After I beat Cloud, Don King will have to pawn his jacket [to make money], and that jacket is just as old as me,” said Hopkins, 48, who was promoted by King until the two had a nasty split following the Philadelphian’s upset victory over Félix Trinidad in September 2001.
"[To Cloud] Don King is going to make sure you do your business. His empire is on your shoulders. You're the last horse. There's no one left in the stable. [To Don King] Enjoy your day because after March 9, there will be a big celebration of your long lasting promotional legacy as I send you into retirement.”
The 81-year-old King, who has worked with legends Muhammad Ali, “Iron Mike" Tyson, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes, is a scumbag who was charged for killing two men, in separate incidents, 13 years apart and was investigated for associating with notorious mobster John Gotti.
If Bernard Hopkins somehow manages to both “beat Cloud” and “send (King) into retirement,” March 9 will ultimately be remembered as one of the greatest evenings in the annals of prizefighting.