"Fighters don’t retire from the ring; the ring retires fighters” is a boxing adage popularized by Bernard Hopkins, Jr., also called “The Executioner.” Hopkins became the oldest boxer to win a world title when he won the light heavyweight title in 2011 at age 46.
Hopkins said in 2003: “Fighters don’t retire from the ring. The ring retires fighters.” This means that fighters retire when they can no longer perform successfully fighting in the ring; there is no specific age limit for boxing retirement.
Wikipedia: Bernard Hopkins
Bernard Hopkins Jr, known as The Executioner (born January 15, 1965, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American boxer and the current Ring Magazine and WBC light heavyweight champion. He became the oldest boxer to ever win a world title, when at age 46, he defeated Jean Pascal on May 21, 2011 by a unanimous decision, surpassing the record previously held by George Foreman.
Hopkins is also the former undisputed world middleweight champion, and the first fighter to retain all 4 world titles of each major boxing sanctioning body, plus The Ring belt, in the same fight. Having defended a world middleweight title a record 20 times, he is considered one of the greatest middleweight champions of all time. The Ring ranked him #3 on their list of the “10 best middleweight title holders of the last 50 years.”
21 March 2003, Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, “Hopkins has been busy, just not in ring,” pg. D5:
“Fighters don’t retire from the ring,” he said. “The ring retires fighters.”
Wed Aug 27, 2003 1:26 pm
August 25, 2003; Undisputed middleweight champ, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins told Boxingtalk.com, “I will be fighting William Joppy on December 13th. I just got the bout agreement, now me and my attorney have to look over it with a magnifying glass to make sure everything is good. But the Joppy fight will take place at the Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I don’t care where the fight ends up on the show. We could fight in the main event, or we could fight off TV for all I care. There will be no dispute from me.” As always, the middleweight king was outspoken, far from short of words on William Joppy, his future plans, and much more.
Some people might look at the clock and be thinking it’s time for me to go, but a fighter doesn’t retire from the ring, the ring retires fighters. Remember that. To all the boxing people around the world. FIGHTERS DON’T RETIRE FROM THE RING, THE RING RETIRES FIGHTERS! So until the ring decides I should be retired, I will continue to show greatness. Especially if they put great fighters in there!
Roy Jones Says ‘Old’ Bernard Hopkins in For ‘Pain’
By Lem Satterfield
Mar 31, 2010 – 4:09 AM
“This is not it for me. Why should it be? The ring retires fighters. Fighters don’t retire from the ring,” said Hopkins. “The ring doesn’t talk in a literal sense, but it speaks to me. I’m not the prettiest fighter, but I am going on 50 plus fights without a cut.”
08-24-2010, 10:18 AM
Fighters dont retire from the ring, the ring retires fighters.............
“Fighters dont retire from the ring, the ring retires fighters” Bernard Hopkins, great quote i thought.
Saturday Night Boxing
Sunday, October 9, 2011
The Executioner Thrives, even in Winter
After Bernard Hopkins defeated Antonio Tarver in June of 2006, he announced his retirement. He had promised his late mother that he wouldn’t fight past his 40th birthday. He stretched a little bit to take on Tarver; he was 41 when he dominated the acknowledged number-one light heavyweight in the world. In the weeks after the fight, HBO threw Hopkins a retirement party and the fighter opted to take on a larger role in Golden Boy Promotions, where he was a partner in the promotional company.
To paraphrase an old boxing adage: “Fighters don’t retire, the ring retires fighters.” This phrase means that the opposition lets a boxer know when it’s time to hang up the gloves: not age or any other factor.
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