Doug Fischer

10: Best middleweight titleholders of the last 50 years

 

 

3. Bernard Hopkins (active)

Record: 52-5-2, 32 knockouts

Years active: 1988-present

Title reign: 1995-2005; 20 defenses (IBF); six defenses of undisputed/RING title

Style: Rugged, versatile technician

Strengths: Intelligence, craftiness, iron will, textbook technique, good footwork, educated jab, good right hand, solid chin (he’s never been stopped).

Why is he ranked? Hardnosed Philadelphia technician broke Carlos Monzon’s long-standing record for middleweight title defenses (20) during his 10-year IBF reign and unified all four major 160-pound belts in the process of proving that he was the undisputed champ.

Who did he fight? Champion standouts Roy Jones Jr. (L 12), Felix Trinidad (TKO 12), Oscar De La Hoya (TKO 9) and Glen Johnson (TKO 11).

Also faced: Segundo Mercado (D 12, TKO 7), John David Jackson (TKO 7), Simon Brown (TKO 6), Robert Allen (NC 4, TKO 7, W 12), Antwun Echols (W 12, TKO 10), Keith Holmes (W 12), William Joppy (W 12) and Jermain Taylor (L 12, L 12).

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