Bernard Hopkins latest phenomenal ring achievement was almost an anticlimax. It should not have been, of course, because there is nothing remotely ordinary or commonplace in a 48 year old athlete winning a major title in their chosen sport.
When word reached me that former world heavyweight title challenger Carl ‘The Truth’ Williams was in bad shape in a Westchester Medical Center in New York, my heart paused and my mind immediately rushed back five years to the moment I interviewed him.
Last week former world
middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik announced his retirement from
the ring. The 6’3’’ Youngstown slugger has apparently bowed out aged just 30
with a record of 40 wins (34 KOs) against only two points defeats.
The news that
Lance Armstrong admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs for each and
every one of his seven Tour de France victories in an interview with Oprah
Winfrey on US TV has stunned sports fans the world over.
super middleweight champion Steve Collins of Ireland has announced his
intentions of returning to the ring after a 16 year hiatus for a one-off fight against
America's legendary four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr, possibly in April.
Although it now seems virtually nailed on that Floyd Mayweather will defend his WBC welterweight title against interim belt holder Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero on May 4th, as of yet there is no opponent named for WBC light middleweight champ Saul "Canelo" Alvarez - the chief supporting act on the MGM Grand show.