Bernard Hopkins met up with Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud today in Brooklyn to announce their 12-round March 9 fight at the Barclays Center.
It is scheduled to air live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
It was B-Hop's birthday. The man is 48 years old but he's not done --- at least scheduling bouts with much younger fighters.
Everyone is younger than him at this point, at least those who can get a promoter to back them for a prize fight.
Then again, 82 year-old Don King was in attendance as Cloud's promoter.
Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO's) will take to the ring against the unbeaten 31 year-old Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), who currently holds the IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship and has done so since 2009.
This will be the fifth defense of his title and this time he gets the master showman and iron man of the sport of boxing. It will be a big payday for Cloud.
Hopkins owned a few belts himself. In fact he won his last as the oldest fighter to do so at the ripe old age of 46, when he took the WBC Light Heavyweight belt from Jean Pascal in May 2011.
He turned around and lost it to "Bad" Chad Dawson in 2012 by majority decision. That was after the pair's first bout ended with Hopkins taken to the hospital with a shoulder injury.
Dawson got the TKO victory that night, but it was overturned.
B-Hop's got the gift of gab to be sure and will power enough to turn down even a sliver of the famous Brooklyn cheesecake from Junior's after it was wheeled out today.
He offered it to Tavoris Cloud instead, saying, "I feel half my age, so Cloud had better be ready."
Keeping with the food theme, Cloud described the upcoming bout with Hopkins. "This will be the last supper for Bernard Hopkins."
Many others have said similar things about the Philadelphia boxing icon who is expected to be an easy pick for the sport's hall of fame when he's finally done.
His longtime promoter Golden Boy and the golden boy himself Oscar De La Hoya promised a good time for everyone.
"Just when you think you've seen it all, Bernard Hopkins continues to amaze me and I'm looking forward to seeing what he's going to do next at Barclays Center in March," said De La Hoya. Tavoris Cloud is a tough test and a proud champion and with his aggressive style and power, he's going to push Bernard like never before."
I think Chad Dawson might have something to say in reply to that.
The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don King Productions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The HBO World Championship Boxing telecast begins at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $80, $50 and $25, go on sale on Saturday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. ET