George Foreman Happy That Bernard Hopkins Topped His Record

Bernard Hopkins broke George Foreman's record as the oldest man to ever win a major title in boxing history. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Teaching the 1972 Miami Dolphins a thing or two about being able to let go of past glory when someone else can equal or top you, George Foreman expressed happiness for 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins, who broke Foreman's record of being boxing's oldest world champion with his Saturday night win over Jean Pascal:

"He was just so much better. I’m happy for Hopkins and I’m happy for mature athletes. If my record goes down, you want to see it go down that way. If it was the Olympics, Bernard gets the Gold Medal and breaks the record for the world championship. This was the best I’ve seen Bernard take charge of the fight with a young strong champion like Pascal. Long live the king."

Foreman famously knocked out Michael Moorer in 1994 to claim the world heavyweight title at age 45. Hopkins first attempted to beat the mark in December, when he drew Pascal in Quebec City. He claimed the record for himself with a decisive win in the Montreal rematch on Saturday.

After the jump: The Legendary Nights episode for Foreman vs Moorer.


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