Future Hall of Famer and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins has aligned with Barclays Center to be a 'Goodwill Ambassador' for the venue's thriving BROOKLYN BOXING™ platform powered by Golden Boy Promotions.
At 48 years old, Hopkins broke his own record by becoming the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title when he earned the IBF Light Heavyweight World Title in a decision against Tavoris Cloud at Barclays Center on March 9, 2013.
Andrew Rosario, What's The 411 SPORTS, Chief Correspondent, interviewed Bernard Hopkins at the first boxing match held at the Barclays Center. Hopkins prescient comments show that the Barclays Center could not have picked a better Goodwill Ambassador.
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"Brooklyn needed this, Hopkins said about the first boxing match in Brooklyn in more than 80 years. "They needed this venue, they needed this excitement, I mean you can go to other great places in New York City...but this is something new and fresh for a new millennium... and this is only the beginning, this is the first night of boxing."
One of the most compelling figures in boxing history, Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO's) will be visible and serve as a spokesperson for BROOKLYN BOXING™ at select Barclays Center fights, whether on nights he is boxing or otherwise. He will also appear at various Barclays Center boxing press conferences and community boxing clinics in Brooklyn, and he may participate in several meet-and-greets with Barclays Center customers and at select Barclays Center business development meetings with potential partners.
Hopkins' role with Barclays Center could extend to Nassau Coliseum on Long Island if the Barclays Center-led bid to renovate and operate the venue is chosen by Nassau County.
"Brooklyn is fast becoming the place for major boxing on the East Coast," said Hopkins. "The events at Barclays Center have been outstanding and I'm excited to be part of its flourishing boxing program. I'm also thrilled that Barclays Center is planning to bring regular boxing events to Nassau Coliseum, which would be terrific for the fans of Long Island and great for boxing."
"Bernard is a beloved legendary boxer and we are proud to have him represent our Brooklyn Boxing platform throughout the borough and the world of boxing," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "Everyone who was at Barclays Center on March 9 will always remember the night Bernard made history and became one of Brooklyn's own. We are looking forward to working with Golden Boy in having Bernard defend his title soon at Barclays Center. After four championship events, Barclays Center has become the heart of boxing on the East Coast and we are excited to join with Bernard to expand our fan base even further."
Hopkins is the longest reigning middleweight champion ever with 20 successful title defenses over the course of his 10-year reign, including his historic victory against Felix "Tito" Trinidad to win the Middleweight World Championship Series on September 29, 2001.