At 48-years-old, Bernard Hopkins is the oldest fighter to win a world championship in the history of boxing, and in June, he will be recognized for that accomplishment and more when he accepts the 2013 John Wanamaker Athletic Award.
B-Hop is scheduled to be honored at the Wanamaker Building’s Crystal Tea Room on June 20th. The award, which has bestowed since 1961, will be presented by the Philadelphia Sports Congress (PSC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). It recognizes the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.
In 2011, Hopkins broke George Foreman’s record as the oldest fighter in history to win a title when he defeated Jean Pascal for the WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship. He was 46. On March 9, 2013, he also convincingly outpointed IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Tavoris Cloud in a 12-round unanimous decision, capturing the title in front of a crowd of over 12,000 fans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“I am extremely honored to be named the Wanamaker Athletic Award winner (Philadelphia Athlete of the Year). Breaking my own record as the oldest fighter to win a world title was a great accomplishment in my career and for my city to recognize that means a great deal,” said Hopkins. “Everyone knows that Philadelphia breeds great champions and I take so much pride in representing Philadelphia every time I step into the ring. Many thanks to the Philadelphia Sports Congress for this great honor.”