By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor - @JESchott19
This Saturday night at Barclays Center, 48-year old Bernard Hopkins will fight IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud. Each fighter took part in workouts at Gleason’s Gym on Front Street on Tuesday in preparation for the fight, and spoke at a press conference on Wednesday at Barclays Center.
VIDEO: GET IN THE RING WITH HOPKINS:
The battle could really be between Hopkins and Cloud’s promoter, Don King. Hopkins is a part of Golden Boy Promotions, led by Oscar De La Hoya. They paired up on the business side in late 2004, just months after Hopkins beat De La Hoya at Staples Center on September 18, 2004.
“The Executioner” broke away from Don King to join Golden Boy, and he was put in charge of Golden Boy Promotions East.
His battle with King is the latest battle Hopkins has had to deal with in his career. He had a 17-year long rivalry with Roy Jones, Jr., which ended when Hopkins beat him in April 2010.
Since then, he lost to Jean Pascal in December 2010 in Quebec City, and won their rematch.
On October 15, 2011, Hopkins was involved in a controversial fight with former World Champion “Bad” Chad Dawson at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Just over two minutes into the second round, Dawson tackled Hopkins to the canvas, which caused Hopkins to dislocate his shoulder.
Dawson was declared the winner, and the view from boxing fans and experts was that the fight should have been ruled a no contest or no decision with the way it ended.
In December 2011, the California State Atheltic Commission (CSAC) held a hearing and overturned the decision, changing the technical knockout to a no decision. That gave Hopkins back his light heavyweight world champion titles.
They had a rematch at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City on April 28, 2011, which Dawson won.
Hopkins’ fight with Tavoris Cloud, on March 9th, will be his first time in the ring since then.
TAVORIS CLOUD SPEAKS AT WEDNESDAY’S BARCLAYS CENTER PRESS CONFERENCE:
WATCH VIDEO OF HOPKINS TAKING ON DOUBTERS AND DON KING AT THE FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT IN JANUARY: