Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins has been tapped by the Barclays Center, as its “Goodwill Ambassador” for the venue’s Brooklyn Boxing platform.
As Ambassador, the 48-year-old Light Heavyweight champ will serve as a spokesperson for Brooklyn Boxing at select Barclays Center fights, whether on nights he is boxing or otherwise. He will also appear at various Barclays Center boxing press conferences and community boxing clinics in the city, as well as participate in meet-and-greets and business development meetings with potential partners.
Hopkins’ role will also extend to Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, if the Barclays Center-led bid to renovate and operate the venue is chosen by Nassau County.
“Brooklyn is fast becoming the place for major boxing on the East Coast,” said Hopkins. “The events at Barclays Center have been outstanding and I’m excited to be part of its flourishing boxing program.”
“Bernard is a beloved legendary boxer and we are proud to have him represent our Brooklyn Boxing platform throughout the borough and the world of boxing,” adds Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “Everyone who was at Barclays Center on March 9 will always remember the night Bernard made history and became one of Brooklyn’s own. We are looking forward to working with Golden Boy in having Bernard defend his title soon at Barclays Center.”
Hopkins broke his own record at Barclays back on March 9th, 2013, when he became the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title when he earned the IBF Light Heavyweight World Title in a decision against Tavoris Cloud.
He is the longest reigning middleweight champion ever with 20 successful title defenses over the course of his 10-year reign, including his historic victory against Felix “Tito” Trinidad to win the Middleweight World Championship Series back in 2001.