By Rich Cheney: Bernard Hopkins of Golden Boy Promotions is not looking forward to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin potentially breaking his record set for consecutive title defenses that B-Hop set between 2005 and 2010.
Hopkins successfully defended his 160 lb. titles 20 consecutive times. The 35-year-old Golovkin is at 18 consecutive title defenses. Golovkin has a fought fight ahead of him against Saul Canelo Alvarez on September 16. He could lose that fight against the younger 26-year-old Canelo.
Even if Golovkin does win, it’s unclear whether he’ll stay around the middleweight division long enough to break Hopkins’ record title defenses. Golovkin isn’t focused on records that only the hardcore fans think about. Golovkin is more interested in accomplishing real legacy building tasks like fighting the best. Making title defenses is nothing.
“In not only this fight, the legacy of my record as standing as the only fighter in the middleweight history with 20 defenses, and are records are meant to be broken?” said Hopkins to the media in discussing his middleweight world title record that is in jeopardy of being surpassed by middleweight world champion Golovkin. “Yes, but I was hoping 50 years from now. I’m being honest with you. But I don’t have any control over who’s in the cooker right now or who’s coming to take their place when their time comes. So I’m blessed in a lot of ways. I have straight up respect for Triple G and Canelo, saying, ‘Look we going to do this,’ and they’re doing it.”
Instead of Hopkins thinking about his precious record for title defenses that is in danger of being broken by Triple G, Hopkins should be focusing on his job of promoting the Canelo-Golovkin fight. Hopkins needs to keep himself out of the picture when talking to the media. It should be all about the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight.
I don’t understand Hopkins talking about his record instead of him hyping the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight. I could be wrong, but I think the boxing fans don’t care about Hopkins’ record. That’s done and over with. It’s old history at this point.
Hopkins was knocked out in the 8th round by Joe Smith Jr. in his last fight on December 17 last year. Hopkins was knocked out of the ring in the 8th round. While falling to the hard pavement outside of the ring, Hopkins was injured and unable to climb back into the ring. Hopkins has now lost his last 2 fights.