Bernard Hopkins wants to unify the light-heavyweight division next month
Last Updated: 11/03/14 9:20pm
Bernard Hopkins: Looking to unify the two light-heavyweight titles
Bernard Hopkins is looking to re-write the record books again as he prepares to fight Beibut Shumenov in Washington on April 19.
At 49, Hopkins is already boxing's oldest-ever world champion, and he has no intention of relinquishing his IBF light-heavyweight title anytime soon.
The American will be seeking to add Shumenov's WBA belt to his own before going on to defend the titles next year at the age of 50.
"I've got a chance to do something very special," said the former middleweight titlist.
"I'm not done yet. That's where I draw my motivation, my inspiration. I'm trying to make history write another book on me.
"I understand the significance of this. I want to defend the title at 50.
"I believe I'm the most feared fighter in the world despite my age. People know how dangerous I can be to a career."
Hopkins wants to own two titles to force a showdown for an undisputed crown with Haitian-born Canadian southpaw Adonis Stevenson, the destructive current WBC champion.
"Stevenson is the motivation to beat Shumenov, not just to win but to perform well," he added. "I can't win and look old."
Shumenov, 30, makes his sixth defense of the title he took from Spain's Gabriel Campillo in 2010 but admits he has never faced a rival like Hopkins.
"I know I have never faced anyone at Bernard's level. It will be the hardest fight of my life but I'll do everything possible and impossible to get this victory," said the Kazakh.
"It's unbelievable. He's a super-human. He is extraordinary, the best in the division. He has the best boxing IQ and skills."