Johnny Tapia was elected Tuesday to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Johnny Tapia would have turned 50 next May, and I have no doubt that had he still been alive, he’d be begging for just one more fight. Boxing saved the lives of countless fighters over the years, but none moreso than Tapia.
With his 52nd birthday just around the corner, Bernard Hopkins is finally ready to step away from boxing. The surefire Hall of Famer will take on up-and-coming light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. Nearly half Hopkins’ age at 27 years old, Smith is fresh off an upset of Andrzej Fonfara, knocking out the heavily favored boxer with a first-round TKO in June to improve his career record to 22-1. “You’re gonna see Joe Smith at his best,” Hopkins told news outlets, including International Business Times, at a media event Tuesday.
According to White, however, Cyborg shot down their attempts. “What’s crazy about that is this, I offered Cris Cyborg a title fight at 145 pounds a month ago,” White said during the most recent episode of UFC Unfiltered.