Bernard Hopkins - Boxed in Two Weight Classes

Fight-by-Fight Career Record

Bernard Hopkins Fight By Fight Career Record
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As a fighter, Bernard Hopkins held multiple world titles as a middleweight and light heavyweight. Hopkins recorded 55 wins in his nearly three-decade career -- including 32 knockouts -- against only eight losses, two draws and two no contests. Near his retirement at age 51, "The Ring" noted that Hopkins was a unique fighter, known as "The Executioner," who "did it his way." Below is a decade-by-decade listing of his record broken down by year.

1990s: Becomes Title-Holder

Hopkins fought once professionally in 1988 -- a four-round loss to Clinton Mitchell in Atlantic City -- and was inactive in 1989. His career began in earnest in the 1990s when he won the International Boxing Federation middleweight title and fended off numerous challenges for the belt. Wins are designed by "W" for a non-knockout victory, "KO" for a knockout and "TKO" for a technical knockout. No decisions are designated by "D" and losses with an "L."

1990

  • Feb. 22 - Greg Paige, Philadelphia, W 4
  • Apr. 26 - Keith Gray, Philadelphia, KO 1
  • May 18 - Ed Tyler, Atlantic City, New Jersey, KO 1
  • May 31 - Jouvin Mercado, Rochester, New York, KO 2
  • June 30 - Khalif Shabazz, Atlantic City, KO 1
  • Aug. 5 - Percy Harris, Atlantic City, W 6
  • Oct. 20 - Darrin Oliver, Atlantic City, KO 1
  • Nov. 17 - Mike Sapp, Fort Myers, Florida, KO 1

1991

  • Feb. 26 - Richard Quiles, Philadelphia, KO 1
  • Mar. 18 -- Steve Langley, Las Vegas, KO 3
  • June 20 - Pedro Marquez, Parsippany, New Jersey, KO 1
  • June 9 - Danny Mitchell, Philadelphia, KO 1
  • Sept 23 - Ralph Moncrief, Philadelphia, KO 1
  • Nov. 26 - David McCluskey, Philadelphia, KO 5
  • Dec. 13 - Willie Kemp, Atlantic City, NW 10

1992

  • Jan. 31 - Dennis Milton, Philadelphia, KO 4
  • Apr. 3 - Randy Smith, Atlantic City, W 10
  • May 21 - Anibal Miranda, Paris, W 10
  • Aug. 28 - James Stokes, Atlantic City, KO 1
  • Sept 14 - Eric Rhinehardt, Philadelphia, KO 1
  • Dec. 4 - Wayne Powell, Atlantic City, KO 1

1993

Hopkins attempted unsuccessfully to win the vacant IBF title in a bout against Roy Jones in March.

  • Feb. 16 - Gilbert Baptiste, Denver, Colorado, W 12
  • May 22 - Roy Jones, Washington D.C., L 12
  • Aug. 3 - Roy Ritchie, Las Vegas, KO 7
  • Nov. 23 - Wendall Hall, Philadelphia, KO 3

1994

Hopkins' bout against Segundo Mercado in December, another attempt to win the vacant middleweight title, ended in a no decision.

  • Feb. 26 - Melvin Wynn, Atlantic City, KO 3
  • May 17 - Lupe Aquino, Atlantic City, W 12
  • Dec. 17 - Segundo Mercado, Quito, Ecuador, D 12

1995

Hopkins, in an April rematch with Mercado, finally captured the middleweight IBF crown.

  • Apr. 29 - Segundo Mercado, Landover, Maryland, KO 7

1996

Hopkins defended the middleweight crown three times during the year -- each by knockout, including a first-round KO of Steve Frank in January.

  • Jan. 27 - Steve Frank, Phoenix, KO 1
  • Mar. 16 - Joe Lipsey, Las Vegas, KO 4
  • July 16 - Bo James, Atlantic City, KO 11

1997

Hopkins defended his title three more times during the year, as well as twice each year in the following two years.

  • Apr. 19 - John David Jackson, Shreveport, Louisiana, KO 7
  • July 20 - Glen Johnson, Indio, California, KO 11
  • Nov. 18 - Andrew Council, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, W 12

1998

  • Jan. 31 - Simon Brown, Atlantic City, KO 6
  • Aug. 28 - Robert Allen, Las Vegas, No-contest 4

1999

  • Feb. 6 - Robert Allen, Washington D.C., TKO 7
  • Dec. 12 - Antwun Echols, Miami, Florida, W 12

The 2000s: Defends, Loses Title

Hopkins successfully defended the IBF title in 2000, then also managed to win the World Boxing Council middleweight crown in 2001, thus unifying the titles.

2000

  • May 13 - Syd Vanderpool, Indianapolis, W 12
  • Dec. 1 - Antwun Echols, Las Vegas, TKO 10

2000

  • April 14 - Keith Holmes, New York, W 12
  • Sept. 29 - Felix Trinidad, New York, TKO 12

2002

Hopkins fended off several challenges and retained the unified title during several bouts in 2002 through early 2005.

  • Feb. 2 - Carl Daniels, Reading, Pennsylvania, TKO 10

2003

  • March 29 - Morrade Hakkar, Philadelphia, TKO 8
  • Dec. 13 - William Joppy, Atlantic City, W 12

2004

  • June 5 - Robert Allen, Las Vegas, W 12
  • Sept. 18 - Oscar De La Hoya, Las Vegas, KO 9

2005

Hopkins defended the unified title in a February bout against challenger Howard Eastman but lost it a July match against Jermain Taylor. He failed to regain the title in a rematch with Taylor in December.

  • Feb. 19 - Howard Eastman, Los Angeles, W 12
  • July 16 - Jermain Taylor, Las Vegas, L 12
  • Dec. 3 - Jermain Taylor, Las Vegas, L 12

2006

  • June 10 - Antonio Tarver, Atlantic City, W 12 

2007

2008

  • 04-19 -- Joe Calzaghe, Las Vegas, L 12
  • 10-18 -- Kelly Pavlik, Atlantic City, W 12 

2009

  • 12-02 - Enrique Ornelas, Philadelphia, W 12 

2010

Hopkins scored a no decision in a December bout with Jean Pascal for the WBC light heavyweight title.

  • 04-03 - Roy Jones Jr., Las Vegas, W 12
  • 12-18 - Jean Pascal, Quebec City, Canada, D 12

2011

Hopkins won the light heavyweight WBC title in a May rematch with Pascal. His title bout with challenger Chad Dawson in October was ruled a "no contest," as Wikipedia explains, "when Hopkins was injured after he was accidentally pushed out of the ring by referee Mills Lane, who was trying to break up a clinch."

  • 05-21 - Jean Pascal, Montreal, Canada, W 12
  • 10-15 - Chad Dawson, Los Angeles, NC 2

2012

Hopkins lost the WBC light heavyweight title in an April rematch with Dawson.

  • 04-28 - Chad Dawson, Atlantic City, L 12

2013

  • 03-09 - Tavoris Cloud, Brooklyn, New York, W 12
  • 10-26 - Karo Murat, Atlantic City, W 12

2014

  • 04-19 - Beibut Shumenov, Washington, W 12
  • 11-08 - Sergey Kovalev, Atlantic City, L 12

2016

Hopkins finally hung up his gloves after a loss to Joe Smith Jr. in December.

  • Dec. 17 - Joe Smith Jr., Inglewood, California, L 8