The Pennsylvania State Government honored hometown native and boxing legend, Bernard Hopkins, at the state’s capital on Wednesday (June 22) for his recent WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship victory as the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title.
The 42-year-old boxer was invited by Senator Vincent Hughes, who has represented the state’s 7th District (covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County) since 1994.
Hopkins made appearances on the House and Senate floors, where each chamber presented him with a proclamation honoring his record-breaking victory over Jean Pascal in their championship rematch in late May.
Following the proclamation on the Senate floor, Hopkins talked about his life story of overcoming obstacles and investing in health in order to reach where he is today.
“Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, whatever decisions we all make together as one, it affects lives,” he said to end his speech.
Watch his full speech below: