Bernard Humphrey Hopkins, a fifty-two-year-old American Professional boxer had a truly legendary life that started rather lowly when he was put in prison at the age of eighteen, but he rose like a true fighter in real life as well as in the ring, to achieve a status in boxing that has been achieved by very few.
As he rose in popularity his financial status also rose in tandem. He won 55 of the 67 fights with 32 knock out wins and only eight losses. He successfully defended his world middleweight title a record twelve times. Now let’s have a close look on Bernard Hopkins’s net worth in 2019.
Born on January 15,1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, his childhood was into crime and was put in prison when he was 18 years of age. His five years in prison was like his initiation into the world of boxing. When he was released he decided to leave his earlier life and resolved to follow a career in boxing. He never looked back and thus began his illustrious career in world boxing.
Married to Jeanette Hopkins, he has two daughters and his family life remained out of spotlight of his boxing limelight, and his remained a loving, caring and peaceful family.
Bernard Hopkins’ career extended from the year 1988 to 2016. A hugely successful career spanning almost three decades of highly competitive world boxing, a tough sport requiring true grit and determination in achieving what Hopkins has. He was coached by English Fisher and Naazim Richardson, but both claimed he wanted to work hard on his own without any promptings. After losing his debut fight in October 1988 to Clinton Mitchell he never looked back. After about one-and-a-half-year break he came back strongly to defeat Greig paige in 1990.
From here he went on to add twenty major wins in the middleweight category which is a record of sorts.
He also from this point of his career became the first boxer to simultaneously win world titles by all the four world boxing bodies. There were in his career particular his two back to back defeats in the year 2005 by Jermain Taylor and to Welsh star Joe Calzaghe, but his commitment to boxing was too great to be devastated by few losses or by the brute blows which he had to get in the highest level of competitive boxing. He went on to win world title in 2006 and later becoming oldest boxer in history to win world titles at the age of 49.
Awards & Achievements
The first major achievement of Hopkins was his winning International Boxing Federation middleweight title in 1995
His crowning glory came with his title win over Felix Trinidad in 2001 which earned him the title “fighter of the year” by the ring magazine. He held titles of WBA namely, Super, WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal title turning him into a celebrity boxer.
Later in the year 2004, Bernard Hopkins was declared undisputed middleweight world champion when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya for the WBO title.
He achieved further success in the ring by defeating Antonio Tarver in 2006 in the light heavyweight category. He defeated Jean Pascal in 2011 making him oldest boxer in history to win a world title at the age of 46. Later he broke his own record two times by beating Travois Cloud in2014 and Beibut Shumonov in 2015 at the age of 49, thus surpassing George Foreman as oldest boxer.
He was given the title of 5th greatest pound for pound boxer of all time by boxing website Box-Rec.
His famous fight with Steve Frank became viral as Hopkins won in less than a half minute.
Ring magazine ranked him third in their list of 10 best middleweight boxers of last 50 years.
His 32 knock out wins and only eight losses speak of his class and was aptly nicknamed “The executioner” and The Alien”.
Net Worth of Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins had during his career spanning three decades in competitive professional boxing become one of the richest boxer in the world with a net worth of $48 million. He has forayed into investments and is a shareholder in Golder Boy Promotions. His fortune of $48 million is made by him by his 55 wins out of a total 67 fights beside income by promotions and investments
His secret of earning and remaining rich is his prudent money management. He is not only a great boxer but is also smartest in managing the financial aspects of his fights by getting assistance of legal and other associates to get good deals for his fights. He without being overtly ostentatious still had all the good things of life a grand villa, cars and yachts.
Even in his last, farewell fight with Smith in which he was defeated he earned $800000 against $140000 earned by Smith. This fight averaged 934000 viewers on the Ring TV.
A boxer true to his profession, most humble with no flamboyance even after winning great fights, will be remembered for his total commitment to his profession, respecting his fellow fighters, loving his family and having a loving relation with all those who were associated with him in his long boxing career. He riches never made him a spendthrift but he was into charities and loved good things of life. His life and career have great lessons to offer.